CN102591912B - In interactive media guidance application, and transmitting the media classification system and method - Google Patents

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CN102591912B CN201110410242.4A CN201110410242A CN102591912B CN 102591912 B CN102591912 B CN 102591912B CN 201110410242 A CN201110410242 A CN 201110410242A CN 102591912 B CN102591912 B CN 102591912B
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Abstract

公开了在交互媒体导引应用程序中获得、分类以及传送媒体的系统和方法。 It discloses a system and method for obtaining the interactive media guidance application, classification and transmission medium. 在一些实施方式中,关于在互联网上可获得的媒体的信息被收集。 In some embodiments, the information available on the Internet media is collected. 信息与现有媒体导引数据相关联。 Existing media guide information data is associated. 关联使媒体导引应用程序能够识别相关的在线媒体并以用户友好的方式显示列表。 The associated media guide application to identify relevant online media and user-friendly way to display the list. 还提供了用于网络媒体导引应用程序的用户界面。 Also it provides a user interface for online media guidance application. 用户界面允许用户根据他们感兴趣的标准以系统的方式缩减大量的互联网传送的媒体。 The user interface allows the user to the standard they are interested in a systematic manner to reduce a large number of media sent over the Internet.

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在交互媒体导弓I应用程序中获得、分类以及传送媒体的系统和方法 Interactive media guide in the bow I application, and transmitting the media classification system and method

[0001] 本发明是申请日为2007年10月3日、名称为“在交互媒体导引应用程序中获得、分类以及传送媒体的系统和方法”的第2007800373448号专利申请的分案申请。 [0001] The present invention is filed October 3, 2007, entitled "Getting the interactive media guidance application, the system and method for classification and transmission medium" divisional application of Patent Application No. 2007800373448.

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[0002] 本发明大体上涉及媒体导引应用程序(media guidanceapplicat1n),且更具体地,涉及为从互联网获得的媒体提供导引。 [0002] The present invention generally relates to a media guide application (media guidanceapplicat1n), and more particularly, to provide a guide for the media obtained from the Internet.

[0003] 互联网是一种用于获得娱乐媒体和信息的越来越受欢迎的资源。 [0003] The Internet is a resource for obtaining increasingly popular entertainment media and information. 互联网上有惊人数量的资料来源,其提供不同类型的媒体,比如可下载的电视剧和电影、或流式(streaming)电视预告片以及电影预告片等。 There are a surprising number of Internet sources, which provide for different types of media, such as TV shows and movies available for download, or streaming (streaming) TV trailers and movie trailers. 而且,几乎互联网上的所有媒体以及相关的信息都是经请求可得到的。 Moreover, almost all of the media and related information on the Internet are available upon request. 所以,用户可以确信所感兴趣的媒体总是可得到的。 Therefore, the user can be sure that the media is always interested available.

[0004] 然而,大量的在线媒体和媒体提供者也造成了在定位所感兴趣的媒体方面的困难。 [0004] However, a large number of online media and media providers also creates difficulties in terms of positioning media interest. 为了在没有导引的情况下定位特定的在线媒体内容,用户可能需要知道关于该媒体的大量信息。 To locate a specific online media content in the absence of guidance, the user may need to know a lot of information about the media. 例如,如果用户想要找到关于电视节目的特定的情节Gpisode)的媒体,则用户可能需要直接找到媒体提供者,在这种情况下媒体提供者为电视网的网站。 For example, if a user wants to find a particular media plot Gpisode about the television program), the user may need to find direct media provider, in which case the media provider for the television network's website. 然后,用户可能需要知道该情节的原始播出日期或该情节的名称,以便在网络网站上有效地定位媒体。 Then, the user may need to know the name of the original air date or circumstances of the plot, in order to efficiently locate media on the Web site. 此过程不仅对于用户来说很不方便,而且对那些没有搜索特定媒体的用户来说也不提供帮助。 This process is not only inconvenient for the user, but also for users who do not search for specific media does not help. 因此,为了允许或帮助用户轻松而有效地定位所感兴趣的媒体,用于互联网传送的媒体内容的导引是必要的。 Therefore, in order to allow or help users easily and efficiently locate media interest, for guiding media content sent over the Internet it is necessary.

[0005] 用于互联网上提供的媒体内容的一些形式的导引已经是可得到的。 [0005] Some forms of guide for media content on the Internet is already available. 很多用于在线媒体的导引应用程序限于关键词搜索和提供精选的(featured)媒体的列表。 A list of many online media guide application for the limited search keywords and offers a selection of (featured) media. 这些技术都不提供用于减少互联网上可获得的极大量的媒体的有效的或系统的手段(means)。 These techniques do not provide the means (means) for reducing the effective system or a very large number of media available on the Internet. 因此,现有导引应用程序的用户经常受到过多的列表的轰击,这些列表中的许多可能是不令人感兴趣的或者不相关的。 Therefore, users of existing guidance applications are often bombarded with too many lists, or irrelevant many of these lists may not be of interest. 因此,需要一种导引应用程序,其不仅能提供关键词搜索和显示精选的在线媒体,而且还提供了一种系统的方法,该方法用于将可获得的在线媒体减少到使用户感兴趣的适当的小的媒体集。 Therefore, a guide application that not only provide search keywords and display a selection of online media, but also provides a systematic method, the method used to reduce the available online media to make sense of the user a reasonably small set of media interest.

[0006] 由现有导引应用程序所产生的媒体列表通常不利于浏览。 [0006] guided by the existing application generated media list is usually not conducive to browsing. 视频搜索可能给出混乱、无条理的、难于导航(navigate)或未聚焦的结果。 Video search may give confusing, disjointed and difficult to navigate results (navigate) or unfocused. 不同类型的视频可通过类似的格式呈现,而使得它们实际上难以区分。 Different types of video may be presented in a similar format, such that they are practically indistinguishable. 举例来说,专业地生成的媒体内容可以类似于用户生成的媒体内容的格式来显示,而高质量的媒体内容可以类似于低质量媒体内容的格式来显示。 For example, professionally generated media format of the media content may be similar to the user-generated content to display, and high-quality media content may be similar to the low-quality format to display the media content. 因此,用户可能需要花费相当多的时间来审阅每一媒体列表。 Therefore, the user may need to spend a considerable amount of time to review each media list. 因而,需要一种在线媒体导引应用程序,其允许用户快速浏览在线媒体列表的集合。 Thus, the need for an online media guidance application that allows users to quickly browse a collection of online media list.

[0007] 另外,许多现有导引应用程序只为互联网上有限的视频集合提供导引。 [0007] Further, many existing applications only guide to guide a limited set of video on the Internet. 因此,所述的有限集合可能不包括用户所感兴趣的可获得的在线媒体。 Thus, the limited set may not include the media available online user is interested. 一些导引应用程序是受限的,因为它们只为它们在主机上存有(host)的媒体内容提供导引。 Some guidance applications are limited because they are only there (host) on the host to their media content guide. 从第三方站点获得媒体的其他应用程序依赖于与媒体提供者的合作,这同样导致十分有限的媒体数据集。 Other applications get media from third-party sites is dependent on cooperation with the media provider, which also results in very limited media data sets. 因此,需要一种导引应用程序,其为包含内容众多的在线媒体内容集提供导引。 Therefore, a guidance application that provides a guide to online media content collection includes many contents.

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[0008] 因此,提供了多种系统和方法,所述系统和方法用于识别并获得用于在互联网上提供的媒体集合的信息且在列表中显示被识别的媒体的子集。 [0008] Thus, a variety of systems and methods, the system and method for identifying and obtaining information on the Internet for providing media collection and display a subset of the identified media list. 还提供了多种系统和方法,所述系统和方法基于用户感兴趣的标准系统地缩减提供给用户的在线媒体列表的集合。 Also it provides various systems and methods, the system and method systematically reduced set provided to the user based on the standard list of online media interest to the user.

[0009] 依据本发明的一个原理,在线媒体导引应用程序在用户界面内提供可选择的标准单元(例如,动作/冒险、喜剧、ABC、喜剧中心等)。 [0009] According to one principle of the invention, an online media guidance application provides selectable criteria within the user interface unit (e.g., action / adventure, comedy, ABC, Comedy Central, etc.). 通过接收对可选择的标准单元的一个或更多的选择,可将可获得的在线视频的集合系统地缩减为使用户感兴趣的视频的合理大小的集合。 Selectable by receiving one or more standard cell selection, the system may be set to the available online video is reduced to a reasonable size so that the user is interested in the video collection. 可选择的标准单元可被组织成分类(例如种类、频道、节目)。 Alternatively standard cells can be organized into categories (e.g. type, channel, program). 分类也可显示在用户界面中,且相应的可选择的标准单元可呈现在相应的分类附近或下方的窗口中。 Classification can also be displayed in the user interface, and the respective standard cells may be selected in the appropriate windows presented below or near the classified. 为避免用户界面混乱,一个分类中的标准单元可在给定的时间是可见的。 To avoid confusing user interface, a standard classification unit may be visible at a given time. 当用户选择不同的分类时,可关闭当前呈现的标准单元的窗口,而呈现相应于选择的分类的可选择的标准单元的新窗口。 When the user selects a different classification criteria can close the window of the current presentation unit, presenting a new window corresponding to the selected selectable classification standard cell.

[0010] 当媒体导引应用程序接收到用户选择标准单元时,基于被选择的标准单元以及任何先前选择的标准单元识别视频的集合。 [0010] When the media guide application unit receiving a user selection criteria, based on the set criteria selected cells and standard cells to identify any previously selected video. 在一些实施方式中,上述被识别的媒体的集合可包括符合所有的被选择的标准单元的可获得的媒体。 In some embodiments, the above-identified media collection may comprise all of the available media comply with the standard cell is selected. 在其他实施方式中,所述的被识别的媒体的集合可包括符合一个或更多的选择的标准单元的可获得的媒体。 In other embodiments, the identified set of available media may include media standards conform to one or more cells selected. 所述的媒体的集合可显示在列表中,例如显示在视频镶嵌图案或文本列表中。 The set of media may be displayed in a list, for example, displayed on the video mosaic or a text list. 在一些实施方式中,各列表被显示在可选择的框(frame)中,且当接收到用户对框的选择时,导引应用程序将用户指引到相应的媒体提供者的网站。 In some embodiments, the list is displayed at each selectable block (Frame), and the user when receiving the selection box, the application will guide users to sites corresponding media provider.

[0011] 在本发明的一些实施方式中,在缩减列表的数量后,被显示的标准单元还可改变以反映新的被识别的视频的集合。 [0011] In some embodiments of the present invention, the reduction in the number list, the standard unit may also change the display to reflect the new video set is identified. 例如,当呈现可选择的标准单元的新窗口时,只在选择标准单元将产生重新定义的集合中的至少一个视频的情况下,标准单元可被显示在窗口中。 For example, when a new window is rendered selectable standard cell, cell selection criteria only generated when at least a set of video redefined, the standard unit may be displayed in the window. 在一些情况下,在被识别的视频集中有符合标准单元以及所有先前选择的标准单元的视频的情况下,标准单元可被显示在窗口中。 In some cases, the concentration of the identified video case where the video conforming to the standard cells and standard cells for all of the previously selected, the standard unit may be displayed in the window.

[0012] 依据本发明的另一个原理,通过爬行通过多个网站并获得关于各网站提供的媒体的信息,确定导引应用程序提供导引所用于的在线媒体的集合。 [0012] According to another principle of the invention, by crawling through a plurality of sites and obtain information about the media web sites provided, determining a set of guide application provides guidance for the online media. 获得的信息可包括相应于各视频的元数据(例如名称、运行时间、描述等)。 May include information obtained corresponding to the respective video metadata (e.g., name, running time, description, etc.).

[0013] 对于从互联网获得的每个视频,媒体导引应用程序将视频元数据与来自例如媒体导引应用程序数据库的媒体导引应用程序数据关联。 [0013] For each video obtained from the Internet, video media guidance application data and metadata from the media guide application such as a media guide application data relation database. 可通过比较视频元数据与导引应用程序数据库中的导引数据而确定关联。 It may be determined by the navigation data associated with the video metadata comparing guide application database. 基于上面描述的范围缩小机制、关键词搜索、用户个性化数据或编辑的偏好指定,可选择可获得的在线视频的子集。 Narrow range based on the above-described mechanism, the preference designated search keywords, user personalization data or editing, select a subset of available online video. 选择的在线视频可以显示在媒体列表中,例如显示在视频镶嵌图案或文本列表中。 Selected online video may be displayed in the media list, for example, displayed on the video mosaic or a text list. 包括在用于各视频的列表内的是来自导引应用程序数据库的相关联的导引应用程序数据。 Included in the list for each video application guide is associated with the guide data from the application database.

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[0014] 通过考虑下面详细的描述,结合附图理解,本发明的以上以及其他的目的和优点将是明显的,其中自始至终同样的参考符号指的是同样的部分,以及其中: [0014] consideration of the following detailed description, in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, the foregoing and other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent, throughout which similar reference characters refer to like parts, and wherein:

[0015] 图1显示了使用网格格式(grid format)的说明性的显示屏,所述网格格式可用于为在线视频和其他类型的媒体提供导引; [0015] FIG 1 shows an illustrative screen format using a grid (grid format), and the mesh may be used to format video and other types of online media guide provided;

[0016] 图2显示了使用镶嵌图案(mosaic)的说明性的显示屏,所述镶嵌图案可用于为在线视频提供导引; [0016] FIG 2 shows an illustrative screen using mosaics (Mosaic), said damascene pattern may be used to provide guidance for the online video;

[0017] 图3显示了图2的镶嵌图案中的列表的更详细的视图; [0017] Figure 3 shows a more detailed view of FIG. 2 mosaic list in;

[0018] 图4-5是图2的显示屏的一部分的两个说明性的实施方式; [0018] FIG. 4-5 is a view of two illustrative embodiments of a portion of the display screen 2;

[0019] 图6显示了用于查看和更新用户收藏夹和偏好的说明性的显示屏; [0019] FIG. 6 shows an illustrative display screen for viewing and updating user preferences and favorites;

[0020] 图7显示了图8A-AC、9A和9B使用的可获得的在线视频的维恩图(Venndiagram)。 [0020] Figure 7 shows a Venn diagram of FIG. 8A-AC, 9A and 9B obtainable using online video (Venndiagram).

[0021] 图8A-8C是处于典型的使用环境中的图2中的显示屏的一部分的说明性的阶段; [0021] FIGS. 8A-8C are illustrative stage in the display portion 2 in a typical use environment of Figure 1;

[0022] 图9A和9B是处于典型的使用环境中的图2中的显示屏的一部分的说明性的阶段; [0022] FIGS. 9A and 9B are illustrative stage in the display portion 2 in a typical use environment of Figure 1;

[0023] 图10显示了依据本发明的一个实施方式的说明性的用户装备设备; [0023] FIG. 10 shows an illustrative user equipment in accordance with one embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention;

[0024] 图11显示了依据本发明的一个实施方式的说明性的用户装备设备; [0024] FIG. 11 shows an illustrative user equipment in accordance with one embodiment of the apparatus of the present invention;

[0025] 图12-13显示了说明性的媒体导引资料来源(source)的详细视图; [0025] Figures 12-13 show a detailed view of a guide source information (source) media illustrative;

[0026] 图14显示了用于获得、选择以及显示列表的说明性的流程图; [0026] Figure 14 shows a method for obtaining, selecting and displaying a list illustrative of a flowchart;

[0027]图15显示了用于把用户指引到在线媒体内容的提供者的说明性的流程图; [0027] FIG. 15 shows a flow chart illustrative for the guidance of the user to the provider of online media content;

[0028] 图16显示了用于基于用户选择的标准单元来获得、选择以及显示列表的说明性的流程图; [0028] FIG. 16 shows an illustrative flow diagram of the standard cell based on user selection to obtain, select and display list;

[0029] 图17显示了用于显示标准单元以及识别在线媒体的说明性的流程图;以及 [0029] FIG. 17 shows an illustrative flowchart for displaying standard cell and identifying online media; and

[0030] 图18显示了用于基于用户输入的检索术语来选定标准单元的说明性的流程图。 [0030] FIG. 18 shows a flow diagram for a standard cell to the selected search terms based on user input illustrative.

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[0031] 在任何给定的媒体传送系统中的用户可获得的媒体数量可能是相当多的。 [0031] The number of media users at any given media delivery system may be achieved considerably more. 因此,许多用户期望通过界面的一种形式的媒体导引,所述的界面允许用户有效地导航媒体选项并轻松地识别他们期望的媒体。 Thus, many desired by the user interface of a form of media guidance, an interface allows the user to efficiently navigate media options and easily identify media that they expect. 这里,提供这种导引的应用程序称为交互媒体导引应用程序,或者有时称为媒体导引应用程序或导引应用程序。 Here, the guide is to provide such an interactive media guidance application is called the application, or sometimes referred to as a media guide application or application guide. 类似地,为互联网内容以及可能地其他类型的内容提供导引的媒体导引应用程序在这里称为在线媒体导引应用程序或在线导引应用程序。 Similarly, a guide for Internet content and possibly other types of content media guidance application referred to here as the online media guidance application or online application guide.

[0032] 不同形式的交互媒体导引应用程序可为互联网上的媒体内容(例如流媒体、可下载的媒体、网络广播等)提供导引。 [0032] Different forms of interactive media guidance application may provide a guide for the media content (e.g., streaming media, downloadable media, webcast, etc.) on the Internet. 为在线媒体提供导引的一种典型类型的媒体导引应用程序是交互式电视节目指南。 Provide guidance for online media a typical type of media guidance application is an interactive television program guide. 交互式电视节目指南(有时称为电子节目指南)是公知的导引应用程序,除其他外,其允许用户在许多类型的媒体内容间导航以及定位许多类型的媒体内容。 The interactive television program guide (sometimes referred to as electronic program guide) are well-known guidance applications, inter alia, that allows a user among many types of media content, navigation and locating a number of types of media content. 不同于在线媒体,这样的内容可包括常见的电视节目编排(经由传统广播、有线、卫星或其他手段来提供),以及按次付费收看的节目、点播节目(如在视频点播(VOD)系统中),以及其他类型的媒体或视频内容。 Is different from online media, such content may include common television programming (provided via traditional broadcast, cable, satellite or other means), as well as pay-per-view programs, on-demand programs (such as video-on-demand (VOD) system ), as well as other types of media or video content. 导引应用程序还允许用户在与视频内容相关的内容间导航以及定位与视频内容相关的内容,所述的视频内容包括,例如视频选录、商品(article)、广告、聊天会话、游戏,等等。 Guide application also allows the user to navigate and locate content related to the video content, the video content includes, for example, video excerpts, goods (Article This article was), advertisements, chat session, the game between the video content related to the content, etc. .

[0033] 随着互联网、移动计算以及高速无线网络的出现,用户访问在个人电脑(PC)以及其他设备上的媒体,传统上用户不访问所述其他设备上的媒体,所述其他设备如手提电脑、个人数字助理(PDA)、移动电话或其他的移动设备。 [0033] With the advent of the Internet, mobile computing, and high-speed wireless networks, users access to a personal computer (PC) on the other media devices, users do not access the media on the device, and other conventionally, the other devices such as mobile computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), mobile phone or other mobile device. 借助这些设备,用户能够在通过电视可获得的相同的媒体间导航以及定位上述相同的媒体。 With these devices, the user can by the same inter-media TV available media guidance and the positioning of the same as described above. 因此,在这些设备上媒体导引也是必要的。 Thus, the media guide on these devices is necessary. 提供的导引可用于仅通过电视可获得的媒体内容,用于仅通过一个或更多的这些设备可获得的媒体内容,或用于既可通过电视又可通过一个或更多的这些设备而获得的媒体内容。 Guide provided can be used only by the television media content available, for only one or more of these devices available media content, or both for television but also through one or more of these devices obtain media content. 媒体导引应用程序可被提供作为在线应用程序(即在网站上提供),或提供作为独立(stand-alone)应用程序或作为手提电脑、PDA、移动电话或其他移动设备上的客户端(client)。 Media guide application may be provided as an online application (i.e., provided on a website), or provided as a separate (stand-alone) application or as a portable computer, the client PDA, mobile phone or other mobile device (client ). 下面更详细地描述了可执行媒体导引应用程序的各种设备和平台。 The following describes various devices and platforms media guide application executable in more detail.

[0034] 媒体导引应用程序的功能之一是向用户提供媒体列表和媒体信息。 [0034] One of the functions of media guidance application is to provide media listings and media information to users. 图1-2显示了说明性的显示屏,其可用于提供媒体导引,并特别地提供媒体列表。 Figure 1-2 shows an illustrative screen that may be used to provide a media guide, and in particular to provide a media list. 在图1-2中显示的显示屏可以在任何适合的设备或平台上实现。 1-2 shown in FIG display screen may be implemented on any suitable device or the internet. 尽管图1-2的显示被示为全屏显示,但它们也可以是全部地或部分地覆盖在正被显示的媒体内容上。 Although Figures 1-2 show a full screen display is shown, but they may also be wholly or partially cover the media content being displayed. 用户可通过选择在显示屏中提供的可选择的选项(例如,菜单选项、列表选项、图标、超链接等)或按下遥控或其他用户输入界面或设备上的专用按钮(例如,导引(GUIDE)按钮),来指示访问媒体信息的请求。 By selecting the user selectable options may be provided in the display (e.g., menu options, list options, icons, hyperlinks, etc.) or by pressing a remote control or other user input interface or a dedicated button on the device (e.g., a guide ( GUIDE) button), indicating a request for access to media information. 响应于用户的指示,媒体导引应用程序可提供具有以几种方式中的一种方式来组织的媒体信息的显示屏,所述方式例如按网格中的时间和频道、按时间、按频道、按媒体类型、按分类(例如,电影、体育运动、新闻、儿童、或其他节目编排的分类),或其他预定的,用户定义的或其他组织标准。 In response to a user's instruction, the media guidance application may provide a media information in a manner in several ways to organize the display screen, in the manner of a grid, for example, time and channel, by time, by channel , by media type, by category (eg, movies, sports, news, children's programming or other classification), or other predetermined, or other user-defined organizational standards.

[0035] 图1显示了按时间和频道安排的说明性的网格节目列表显示100,所述显示100还允许访问单个显示中的不同类型的媒体内容(例如在线视频)。 [0035] Figure 1 shows the time and channel grid arrangements illustrative program listing display 100, the display 100 also allow access to a single display different types of media content (e.g., video line). 显示100可包括网格102,网格102具有:(I) 一列频道/媒体类型标识符104,其中各频道/媒体类型标识符(其是列中的单格)识别可获得的不同频道或媒体类型;以及(2) —行时间标识符106,其中各时间标识符(其是行中的单格)识别节目编排的时间块(time block)。 Display 100 may include a grid 102, grid 102 having: a different channel or media-identifying available (I) a channel / media type identifier 104, wherein each channel / media type identifier (which is a single cell in the column) type; and (2) - identifier 106 line time, wherein each time identifier (which is a single cell line) identifying programming time block (time block). 网格102还包括节目列表的单格,例如节目列表108,其中各列表提供关于列表的关联频道和时间的所提供的节目的名称。 Grid 102 further includes a single cell of program listings, such as program list 108, each of which provides a listing of the name of the program provided on channel and time associated with the list. 使用用户输入设备,用户可通过移动高亮区110来选择节目列表。 Using the user input device, a user can select a program listing 110 by moving highlight region. 与由高亮区I1选择的节目列表相关的信息可被提供在节目信息区域112中。 The related information may be provided in the program information area 112 and the I1 select the highlighted program listing region. 区域112可包括,例如节目名称、节目说明、提供节目的时间(若可用),节目所在频道(若可用),节目的级别,以及其他期望的信息。 Region 112 may comprise, for example, program name, program description, program providing time (if available), the channel program is located, the program level, as well as other desired information (if available).

[0036] 除了提供对根据时间表提供的线性节目编排的访问,媒体导引应用程序还提供对不根据时间表提供的非线性节目编排的访问。 [0036] Access to the non-linear programming is not provided according to the schedule in addition to providing access to linear programming provided according to the schedule, the media application also provides the guide. 非线性节目编排可包括来自不同媒体源的内容,包括来自不同的在线资料来源的互联网内容(例如,流媒体,可下载的媒体等)、点播媒体内容(例如V0D)、本地存储的媒体内容(例如,储存在数字视频录像机(DVR)、数字视频盘(DVD),盒式录像带、光盘(CD)等上的视频内容),或其他对时间不敏感(time-1nsensitive)的媒体内容。 Non-linear programming may include content from different media sources, including (for example, streaming media, downloadable media, etc.), on-demand media content (eg V0D), locally stored media content Internet content from different online sources of information ( for example, stored on a digital video recorder (DVR), digital video disc (DVD), video cassette, compact disc (CD) and other video content), or other media content is not time sensitive (time-1nsensitive) of. 点播内容可包括由特定的媒体提供者(例如提供“TheSopranos” 和“Curb Your Enthusiasm” 的HBO 点播服务(ΗΒ0 On Demand))提供的电影和原始的媒体内容。 Demand content provider may include a specific media (such as providing "TheSopranos" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" of HBO on Demand service (ΗΒ0 On Demand)) provides movies and original media content. HBO ON DEMAND^THE SOPRANOS 以及CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM 是Home BoxOffice公司所有的商标。 HBO ON DEMAND ^ THE SOPRANOS and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM are trademarks Home BoxOffice company. 互联网内容可包括Web事件,例如聊天会话或网络广播,或通过互联网网站或其他互联网访问(例如FTP)作为流媒体或可下载的媒体可点播获得的内容。 Internet Web content can include events such as a chat session or a broadcast network, or the content of Internet sites or other Internet access (eg FTP) by as streaming media or downloadable media available on demand.

[0037]网格102可提供用于非线性节目编排的列表,包括点播列表114、记录的媒体列表116以及互联网内容列表118。 [0037] Grid 102 may provide a list of a non-linear programming, including on-demand list 114, a list 116 of media and Internet content recording list 118. 结合用于来自不同类型的媒体源的内容的列表的显示有时称为“混合媒体(mixed-media)”显示。 Media content for display in conjunction with different types of sources from a list referred to as "mixed media (mixed-media)" is displayed. 不同于显示100的、可被显示的列表类型的各种排列可基于用户选择或导引应用程序定义(例如,只有记录的和广播的列表的显示,只有点播的和广播的列表的显不,等等)。 Different from the display 100, a list of types may be displayed various permutations may be selected based on a user or application definition guide (e.g., only broadcast and recording list display, only an explicit demand list and not broadcast, and many more). 如所不,列表114、116和118显不为跨越显不在网格102中的整个时间块,以指示这些列表的选择可分别提供对用于点播列表、记录的列表,或互联网列表的显示的访问。 As not, the list of lists 114, 116 is not significant not significant across the entire time grid block 102, to indicate selection of these lists may be respectively provided to the demand for a list of records and 118, list display or the Internet access. 如图1所示,当访问这样的列表时,信息区域112可显示可提供的关于显示的类型的信息。 As shown in FIG 1, when accessing such a list, the information area 112 may display information about the type of display may be provided. 在其他实施方式中,这些媒体类型的列表可直接包括在网格102中。 In other embodiments, the list of these media types can be directly included in the grid 102. 附加的列表可响应于用户选择导航图标120中之一而被显示。 Additional list response to user selection of the navigation icon 120 is displayed one. (按下用户输入设备上的箭头键可以类似于选择导航图标120的方式来影响显示。) (By pressing the arrow keys on the user input device may be similar to navigation mode select icon 120 to affect the display.)

[0038] 显示100也可包括视频区域122、广告124和选项区域126。 [0038] 100 may also include a video display region 122, 124, and advertising options region 126. 视频区域122可允许用户查看及/或预览用户当前可获得的、将可获得的或以前可获得的节目。 Video region 122 may allow the user to view and / or preview user currently available, the available or previously available program. 视频区域122的内容可相应于,或独立于显示在网格102中的列表的其中之一。 Video content region 122 may correspond to, or independent of which one of the display list 102 of the grid. 包括视频区域的网格显示有时称为导引画面(picture-1n-guide) (PIG)显示。 The video display comprises a grid area sometimes referred to as guide screen (picture-1n-guide) (PIG) ​​display. PIG显示及其功能在2003年5月13日发布的Satterfield等人的第6,564,378号美国专利,以及2001年5月29日发布的Yuen等人的第6,239,794号美国专利中有更详细的描述,所述的这两个美国专利在此通过引用全部并入。 PIG displays and their functions United States Patent No. 6,239,794 in 2003 May 13 release of Satterfield et al, US Patent No. 6,564,378, and Yuen et 2001 May 29 release of people described in more detail, according to these two U.S. patents are hereby incorporated by reference. PIG显示可包括在本发明的其他媒体导引应用程序显示屏中。 PIG displays may be included in other media guidance application display of the present invention.

[0039] 广告124可为媒体内容提供广告,取决于观看者的访问权限(例如,对于订购节目编排),该媒体内容是当前可用于观看的、将来可用于观看的,或可能根本不会用于观看的,以及可能相应于或无关于网格102中的一个或更多的媒体列表。 [0039] 124 may provide advertising for the advertising media content, depending on the access rights of the viewer (eg, for subscription programming), the media content is currently available for viewing in the future can be used for viewing, or might not use viewing, and may correspond to a grid 102 with or without one or more of a list of media. 广告124也可用于关于或无关于显示在网格102中的媒体内容的产品或服务。 Advertising 124 can also be used on products or services or non-media content on display in a grid of 102. 广告124可以是可选择的,且提供关于媒体内容的更多的信息,提供关于产品或服务的信息,允许购买媒体内容、产品或服务,提供广告相关的媒体内容,等等。 Advertising 124 may be optional, and provide more information about the content of the media, to provide information about the product or service, allowed to purchase media content, products or services, to provide advertising-related media content, and so on. 基于用户的简介/偏好、监测到的用户活动、提供的显示的类型,或基于其他适合的目标广告,广告124可被作为目标。 Based on the user profile / preferences, monitored user activity, the type of display provided, or on other suitable targeted advertising, advertising 124 can be used as a target.

[0040] 尽管广告124显示为矩形或横幅形,但广告可被以任何适合的尺寸、形状,以及导引应用程序显示中的任何位置提供。 [0040] Although shown as rectangular or 124 ad banner shape, but may be advertisements, shapes, and a guide to show the application of any suitable dimensions provided anywhere. 例如,广告124可被提供为水平地邻近网格102的矩形形状。 For example, advertisement 124 may be provided to horizontally adjacent grid 102 rectangular shape. 这有时称为面板广告。 This is sometimes known as the panel advertisement. 此外,广告可覆盖在媒体内容或导引应用程序显示上,或嵌入显示中。 Further, advertising content may be overlaid on the media guide application or display, or embedded display. 广告也可包括文本、图像、旋转图像、视频选录或其他类型的媒体内容。 Advertising also can include text, images, rotate images, video excerpt, or other types of media content. 广告可存储在具有导引应用程序的用户装备中,存储在连接到用户装备的数据库中,存储在远程位置(包括流媒体服务器),或存储在其他存储器装置或这些位置的组合上。 Ads may be stored in a user equipment having a guide application, the user equipment is connected to a database at a remote location (including streaming media server), or other memory storage device, or a combination of these positions stored in the storage. 在例如2003年I月17日提交的Knudson等人的第10/347,673号美国专利申请,2004年6月29日发布的Ward,III等人的第6,756,997号美国专利,以及2002年5月14日发布的Schein等人的第6,388,714号美国专利中,对在媒体导引应用程序中提供广告进行了更详细的讨论,上述专利及专利申请均通过引用而全部并入。 Such as, for example, Knudson in 2003 I filed May 17, the people of No. 10 / 347,673, US Patent Application, 2004 June 29 release of Ward, III, et al., US Patent No. 6,756,997, as well as Schein et al., US Patent No. 6,388,714, 2002 May 14 release, to provide advertising in media guidance application has been discussed in more detail above patents and patent applications are by reference in its entirety incorporated. 应认识到,广告可包括在本发明的其他媒体导引应用程序显示屏中。 It is appreciated that, in other advertising media guide may include application of the present invention display.

[0041] 选项区域126可允许用户访问不同类型的媒体内容(例如互联网内容)、媒体导引应用程序显示,及/或媒体导引应用程序特征(feature)。 [0041] Options region 126 may allow a user to access different types of media content (e.g., Internet content), the application displays the media guide, and / or media guidance application features (feature). 选项区域126可以是显示100 (及本发明的其他显示屏)的部分,或可以通过用户选择屏幕上的选项或按下用户输入设备上专用或可指定的按钮而调用。 Options region 126 may be displayed (display of the present invention and other) part 100, or may select an option on the screen or pressing a dedicated input device or user can be specified by a user of the call button. 选项区域126内的可选择的选项可涉及网格102中的节目列表的相关特征,或可包括可从主菜单显示获得的选项。 Selectable option in the option area 126 may involve features related program listings grid 102 or may include display options available from the main menu. 节目列表的相关特征可包括搜索接收节目的其他播出时间或方式、录制节目、允许系列录制(series recording)节目、设置节目及/或频道为收藏、购买节目,或其他特征。 Related features program list may include other search airtime or receive programs and record programs allow recording series (series recording) program, set the program and / or channel as a favorite, purchasing a program, or other characteristics. 可从主菜单显示获得的选项可包括搜索选项、VOD选项、家长控制选项、对不同类型的列表显示的访问、对额外付费服务的订购、编辑用户的简介、访问浏览覆盖图(browseoverlay),或其他选项。 Optional display available from the main menu may include search options, VOD options, parental control options, access to different types of list display, ordering of additional paid services, profile editing users, access the browser overlay (browseoverlay), or other options.

[0042] 图2中显示了用于提供导引的另一个显示安排。 [0042] FIG. 2 shows another arrangement for providing a guide display. 显示200为互联网传送的视频提供导引,并可被提供作为在线媒体导引应用程序中的显示,或作为客户端-服务器或独立的(例如,基于机顶盒的)导引应用程序中的显示。 Display 200 provides a guide for the video sent over the Internet, and may be provided as an online media guidance application display, or as a client - server, or a separate (e.g., based on the set-top box) to display program guide application. 尽管所公开的实施方式可为电影、用户生成的内容或任何其他类型的媒体内容提供导引,但在这里的一些例子中,提供了互联网传送的电视节目。 While the disclosed embodiments may provide a guide for the movie, user-generated content or any other type of media content, but in some instances herein, there is provided an internet television program transmission. 在一些实施方式中,显示200显示了用户选择显示100中的列表118的结果(图1)。 In some embodiments, the display 200 displays the user selects a result (FIG. 1) in the list 118 100. 为了清楚和有条理的目的,显示200可分为三列。 For purposes of clarity and structured, display 200 can be divided into three. 中心列204包含在镶嵌图案208中安排的媒体列表。 In the center column 204 contains the mosaic arrangement 208 in a media list. 左列202允许用户为镶嵌图案208中提供的视频定义标准(例如特定的种类、节目(show),等等)。 The left column 202 allows the user to define a standard video (e.g., a particular type of program (Show), etc.) 208 provided in the mosaic. 右列206向用户提供推荐。 The right column 206 to provide recommendations to the user. 下面将结合图2-7、8A-8C以及9A-9B来更详细的讨论这些列中的每一列。 Below in conjunction with FIGS. 2-7,8A-8C and 9A-9B to a more detailed discussion of each of these columns.

[0043] 左列202允许用户基于感兴趣的标准选择视频。 [0043] The left column 202 allows a user to select a video based on the criteria of interest. 左列202提供可选择的分类210的列表。 The left column 202 provides a list 210 of selectable classification. 这些分类可包括种类、频道、节目、热站列表,类型(例如,电视剧、电影,等等)或任何其他这样的分类。 These categories may include categories, channels, programs, hot station list, type (for example, TV shows, movies, etc.) or any other such classification. 分类的一种可处于被选择的状态。 The classification may be in a state of being selected. 分类可基于用户指示被选择,或可默认为被选择。 Classification may be based on a user indication is selected, or may be selected by default. 在被选择的状态下,可以有相应于被选择的分类的可选择的标准单元212的窗口214。 In the state of being selected, a window 212 may have a class corresponding to the selected alternative standard cell 214. 该窗口可位于分类名称下方以指示选择了哪一分类。 This window can be located under the category name to indicate which classification is selected. 使用用户输入设备,用户可以选择窗口214中的标准单元212 (例如通过将高亮区域216移动到期望的标准单元并按下键,或通过直接点击期望的标准单元)。 Using the user input device, a user may select window 214 standard cell 212 (e.g., by standard means to move highlight region 216 and press the desired key, or by directly clicking the desired standard cell). 一旦被选择,除了被显示在窗口214内以外,被选择的标准单元还可在218出现。 Once selected, in addition to being displayed in the window 214 other than the standard cells selected in 218 may occur. 也就是,被选择的标准单元可出现在其相应分类210的下方及窗口214的上方。 That is, the standard cell can be selected and appear in the windows above and below their respective classification 210 214. 这指示用户:标准单元已经被成功选择。 This indicates that the user: a standard unit has been successfully selected. 当在相同的分类内选择了多个标准单元时,各标准单元可按某个顺序(例如,按标准单元被选择的顺序,按字母表顺序,等等)在分类下方列出。 When selecting a plurality of standard cells within the same classification, each of the standard cell may be a sequence (e.g., the order of the standard cell is selected, in alphabetical order, etc.) in the classification are listed below. 即使在分类没被选择时,被选择的标准单元也可在其相应分类的下方列出,如由被选择的标准单元222所指示的。 Even when the classification is not selected, the standard cell may be selected under their respective categories are listed as the standard cell 222 is selected as indicated. 可选择的按钮220可被提供为靠近各被选择的标准单元218和222。 Selectable buttons 220 may be provided close to each of the selected standard cells 218 and 222. 选择按钮220可取消对相应的被选择的标准单元的选择。 Selection button 220 to deselect the respective standard cells are selected.

[0044] 对用户来说选择标准单元的可选方法是手动地输入检索术语/关键词。 [0044] An alternative method to select a standard cell is manually inputting a search term / keyword to the user. 用户可使用用户输入设备将一个或更多的关键词输入搜索条224中。 User may use the user input device to input one or more keywords in the search bar 224. 可选择的按钮226可被选择以使用输入的关键词来开始搜索。 Selectable buttons 226 may be selected using the input keyword to start the search. 如果期望,搜索条224可结合左列202使用(例如,用户可基于列202中被选择的标准单元和输入搜索条224中的关键词来定义标准单元)。 If desired, the search bar 224 may be used in conjunction with the left column 202 (e.g., the user may be based on standard cells selected in column 202 and the input keyword search bar 224 to define the standard unit).

[0045] 中心列204可在镶嵌图案208中显示视频集,其中该视频集基于接收搜索条224的用户输入及/或左列202而确定。 [0045] The central column 204 may display video set 208 in the mosaic pattern, wherein the video set based on a user input section 224 receives a search and / or the left column 202 is determined. 与图1的列表不同,显示200中的列表不限于描述媒体的简单的文本(例如节目名称)和图标。 Unlike the list of FIG. 1, the display list 200 is not limited to simple text describing the media (e.g., program name) and icon. 更确切地,在显示200中,列表可提供包括封面主题(cover art)的图形图像、来自媒体内容的静止图像、视频选录预告片、来自媒体内容的实况视频,或向用户指示由列表描述的媒体内容的其他类型的媒体。 More specifically, in the display 200, the list may provide a graphical image includes a cover page subject (cover art), the still image from the media content, video excerpts Trailer, live video from the media content, or instructions described by a list of the user other types of media media content. 每个图形列表还可附有文本以提供关于与列表关联的媒体内容的更多的信息。 Each graph can also be accompanied by a list of text to provide more information about the list of related media content. 为避免使附图过于复杂,在图3中显示了镶嵌图案208中列表228的更详细的视图。 To avoid overcomplicating the drawing, it shows a more detailed view of the mosaic 208 list 228 in FIG. 3.

[0046] 图3示出了镶嵌图案208 (图2)中的媒体列表228的一个实施方式。 [0046] FIG. 3 shows a mosaic media list 208 (FIG. 2) of a embodiment 228 of the embodiment. 视频可由图形标识符302(例如,视频的缩略图/屏幕截图、视频的预告片、视频本身等)表示。 Video may be graphical indicators 302 (e.g., video thumbnails / screenshots, video trailer, the video itself, etc.) FIG. 视频的级别304可覆盖在图形标识符302的部分上。 Level 304 may be overlaid on the video portion of the graphical identifier 302. 级别可反映来自所有用户的级别指定,所述的所有用户已经从他们各自的媒体导引应用程序或相关的/关联节目对视频进行了评级。 Level reflects the level specified from all users, all the user has a rating of video from their respective media guidance application or related / associated programs. 视觉指示器也可附有文本框/覆盖图306以提供关于媒体内容的更多信息。 The visual indicator may also be accompanied by a text box / overlay 306 to provide more information about the media content. 例如,文本描述308可包括媒体名称、视频变为可获得的日期,以及视频的长度。 For example, a textual description 308 may include a media name, the date of the video becomes available, and the length of the video. 文本框也可包括简单的图标310及/或312。 Text box may also comprise a simple icon 310 and / or 312. 如果媒体花费一定量的金钱以从媒体提供者下载或流出,则可能存在简单的美元符号图标310。 If the media takes a certain amount of money to provide from the media to download or out, there may be a simple dollar sign icon 310. 如果图标310不存在,则视频是免费的。 If the icon 310 is not present, then the video is free. 类似地,如果视频是编辑(例如,电视或电影评论家)推荐的视频,则例如复选标记312的图标可以存在。 Similarly, if the video is edited (for example, a TV or a movie critic) recommended video, such as a check mark icon 312 may exist. 否则,复选标记310可不存在。 Otherwise, the check mark 310 may be absent.

[0047] 回到图2,在区域230中显示了在应用选择的或输入的标准后全部被识别的视频的数量。 [0047] Returning to Figure 2, shows the number of selected applications after a standard or all of the identified input video 230 in the region. 区域230显示为处于左列202中,但可以显示在用户界面200上的任何地方。 Region 230 is shown in the left column 202, but may be displayed anywhere on the user interface 200. 如果识别了比当前在镶嵌图案208中可见的视频更多的视频,则可选择的箭头234和236可用于观看更多的可获得的视频。 If more than identified in the currently visible video mosaic video 208 may be selected by arrows 234 and 236 may be used to view video more obtainable. 可选择的箭头234允许用户观看被识别的视频的新的子集,而可选择的箭头236使用户返回到被识别的视频的先前观看的子集。 Alternatively arrow 234 allows the user to view the new subset of the identified video, and optional arrow 236 returns the user to a subset of the identified previously viewed video. 用户可通过选择类别链接238中之一来改变呈现视频的顺序。 Users can change the order of presentation video by selecting one of the category links 238. 可根据视频变得可获得的日期(例如最近的在先或最老的在先)、视频的人气(例如基于视频被其他用户选择的总次数)、按随机顺序或使用用于分类视频集的任何其他机制,来分类被识别的视频。 The video may become available date (e.g., the nearest preceding or oldest first), the popularity of video (e.g., video based on the total number of other users is selected), or random order for classification Video Set any other mechanism to classify video identified.

[0048] 用户界面200还允许用户使用滑块240和242指示期望的最大视频长度和期望的新度。 Freshness [0048] The user interface 200 also allows the user to use slider 240 and 242 indicative of a desired length and a desired maximum video. 滑块240设置最大视频长度。 Slider 240 sets the maximum length of video. 当滑块240在极右端时,对视频长度没有限制。 When the slider 240 at the far right, there is no limit on the length of the video. 随着滑块左移,只有越来越短的视频可包括在结果中。 With the slider to the left, only getting a short video can be included in the results. 例如,如果滑块240处于刻度的中点,则结果中只包含小于30分钟的视频选录。 For example, if the slider 240 is at the midpoint of the scale, the result contains only video excerpts of less than 30 minutes. 如果滑块在极左端,则结果中只包含小于5分钟的视频片段。 If the extreme left end of the slider, the result contains only video segment is less than 5 minutes. 类似地,滑块242设置最大日期范围。 Similarly, the slider 242 sets the maximum date range. 当滑块242在极右端时,对视频有多老没有限制。 When the slider 242 at the extreme right end, there is no limit to how old video. 随着滑块左移,只有越来越近期的视频可以包括在最后的显示中。 With the slider to the left, only the more recent video can be included in the final display.

[0049] 镶嵌图案208是列表228的二乘二的网格。 [0049] The mosaic 208 is a list of a two by two grid 228. 然而,也可使用任何其他的安排,例如三乘三或二乘三的网格。 However, you can use any other arrangement, such as a three by three or two-by-three grid. 另外,尽管各列表228显示为相同的尺寸,但他们的尺寸也可以不同。 In addition, although each list 228 is shown as the same size, but their size may be different. 按照媒体提供者的期望或基于用户偏好,列表可具有不同尺寸或图形化地突出以指示用户感兴趣的程度、搜索后的各被识别的视频的相关性,或强调某一内容。 A media provide the desired person or based on user preferences, may have an associated list of different sizes or graphically highlighted in the level of interest indicates that the user, after each of the identified video search, or to emphasize certain content. 在例如2005年12月29日提交的Yates的第11/324,202号美国专利申请中讨论了用于图形化地突出媒体列表的不同的系统和方法,该申请在此通过引用被全部并入。 Discusses the different systems and methods for graphically highlight the list of media such as No. 11 in US Patent Application 324,202 Yates of December 29, 2005 submitted /, which is hereby incorporated by reference .

[0050] 各列表228可以是可选择的框架。 [0050] Each listing 228 may be selectable frame. 在本发明的一个实施方式中,当用户选择可选择的框架时,用户被指引到相应的视频可以被下载或流出的网站。 In one embodiment of the present invention, when the user selects the selectable frame, the user is directed to the corresponding video can be downloaded or outflow site. 网站可在覆盖图中或在新屏幕中显示。 The new website can be displayed on the screen or in the overlay. 在本发明的另一个实施方式中,当用户选择列表228时,关于视频的附加的信息,例如对节目的描述,可以在覆盖图中或在右列206中呈现给用户。 In another embodiment of the present invention, when the user selects 228, additional information about the video, such as described in the program list, or can be presented to the user in the right column in the cover 206 in FIG. 基于该附加的信息,用户可以选择被指引到提供视频的网站,可将视频添加到我的收藏视频列表,或可将视频添加到观看队列244。 Based on this additional information, the user can select the site offers video was directed to, you can add video to my list of favorite videos, or you can add a video to watch queue 244.

[0051] 观看队列244显示了用户已经选择以在稍后的时间观看的视频的列表。 [0051] Watch queue 244 shows the user has selected to view the video at a later time list. 每个视频可由图形标识符,例如屏幕截图/缩略图、视频预告片,或视频本身来表示。 Each video may be graphical indicators, e.g. screenshot / thumbnail video trailer or video itself expressed. 在本发明的一个实施方式中,各视频标识符246是可选择的,其向用户提供对用户想要观看的视频的轻松访问。 In one embodiment of the present invention, each of the video identifier 246 is optional, which provide easy access to the user wants to view the video to the user. 当来自观看队列的视频被选中时,用户可被指引到提供视频的网站。 When viewing video from the queue is selected, the user may be directed to provide video sites. 当视频被选中时,视频可自动地从观看队列中移除,或者用户可手动地将视频从观看队列中移除。 When the video is selected, the video may be automatically removed from the queue view, or the user may manually removed from viewing the video queue. 在本发明的另一个实施方式中,观看队列244起“播放列表”的作用。 In another embodiment of the present invention, the viewing queue 244 functions as "Play List". 当用户准备观看来自观看队列的视频时,用户被指引到观看队列中第一个视频的网站。 When the user is ready to watch a video to watch from the queue, the user is directed to the first queue to watch videos.

[0052] 右列206可显示两种类型的信息。 [0052] The right column 206 may display two types of information. 其可(I)向用户呈现推荐的视频,或(2)显示关于所选择的视频的附加的信息。 Which may be (I) presented to the user recommended video, or (2) to display additional information about the selected video. 图2和图4显示了执行向用户显示推荐的前一功能的最右边的列206。 2 and FIG. 4 shows the display column 206 performs the former function rightmost recommended to the user. 下面将结合图5详细描述后一功能。 After a binding function will be described in detail in FIG. 列206的标题250显示“今日首选(TODAY'S T0PPICKS)”,指示基于一天中最受欢迎的视频而选定的推荐。 206 250 heading column displays "Today's top picks (TODAY'S T0PPICKS)", indicating the day based on the most popular video and selected recommendations. 向用户提供推荐的其他方法将在下面结合图4来详细描述。 Providing recommendations to a user other methods to FIG. 4 described in detail below in conjunction. 可通过提供类似于在上面并结合图3讨论的列表228的格式,向用户呈现推荐的视频。 By providing a format similar to the above in conjunction with Figure 3 discussed the list of 228, showing the recommended video to users. 可选地,通过列出视频的名称252、具有级别覆盖图256的视频的图形标识符254以及视频的简要的节目描述258,可显示推荐的视频。 Alternatively, the listed name of the video 252, with the level of the video graphics overlay 256 identifier 254, and a brief program description of the video 258, the video may be displayed recommended. 可为列202中的每一视频提供其他信息。 Additional information may be provided for each column 202 of the video.

[0053] 当用户最初进入导引应用程序时,首选可基于在任何分类中所有的可获得的视频中最受欢迎的视频。 [0053] When the user first enters the guidance application, the choice can be based on all available video in the most popular video in any category. 在用户通过搜索关键词或选择左列202中的标准单元来限定感兴趣的视频类型时,右列206中推荐的视频可以改变以反映用户的操作。 When the user by keyword search or cell selection criteria to define the left column 202 of the video type of interest, recommended in the right column 206 may be changed to reflect a video operation by the user. 例如,如果用户选定窗口214中的“动作/冒险(Act1n/Adventure) ”标准单元,贝Ij “今日首选”下的视频可以被改变以包括当天最受欢迎的动作/冒险视频中的最前的一个或更多个视频。 For example, if the user selected in window 214 "Action / Adventure (Act1n / Adventure)" standard unit, shellfish Ij "Today's top picks" video in front can be changed to include the day of the most popular action / adventure video most of one or more video.

[0054] 右列206中提供的推荐可基于除了受欢迎程度之外的标准。 [0054] Recommended right column 206 may be provided in addition to criteria based on popularity. 例如,推荐可基于编辑的推荐,如在图4的列400中所示。 For example, the recommendation may be recommended based editing, column 400 as shown in FIG. 4. 标题402显示“编辑精选(EDITOR' S PICKS) ”以反映选定推荐的视频的方式。 402 show title "Editor's Choice (EDITOR 'S PICKS)" to reflect the selected video recommended way. 编辑可以是著名的电影或电视评论家,或用户可认同的任何其他的名人。 Editing can be any other celebrity famous film or television critic, or the user can agree. 与本发明的一个实施方式相一致,列400可比镶嵌图案208中的列表(图2)提供更多关于各推荐的视频的信息。 Consistent with an embodiment of the present invention, a list (FIG. 2) columns in the mosaic than 400 208 each provide more information about the recommended video. 例如,对于各推荐的视频,显示了名称404、具有级别408覆盖图的图形标识符(例如,缩略图/屏幕截图等)406以及简要描述410。 For example, for each of the recommended video, display name 404, level 408 has a graphics overlay identifier (e.g., a thumbnail / screenshot, etc.) 406 and 410 briefly described. 各视频的等级406可基于用户输入的等级。 Level of each video level 406 may be based on user input. 关于该视频的其他信息可包括来自最初播放该视频的网络的网络符号412(例如F0X)、种类(例如动作/冒险、戏剧,等等)或类型414(例如电视剧、电影,等等)、视频的长度416,以及下载或流出视频的费用418。 Other information about the video may include a broadcasting network from a first symbol of the video network 412 (e.g. F0X), type (e.g., action / adventure, drama, etc.) or type 414 (e.g., TV shows, movies, etc.), video length 416, and the costs of downloading video or outflow of 418. FOX是福克斯广播公司(FOXBroadcast Company)所有的注册商标。 FOX is a registered trademark owned Fox Broadcasting Company (FOXBroadcast Company). 列400只是说明性的,因而可显示关于视频的多于或少于上述信息的信息。 Column 400 is illustrative only, and thus may display information about the more or less than the above video information.

[0055] 可使用技术(technique)而不是基于受欢迎的程度或编辑精选来为用户选定推荐。 [0055] using technology (technique) rather than on popularity or the Editor's Choice recommendation for the user to select. 推荐可基于用户的兴趣。 Recommendation based on the user's interests. 可通过监测用户在媒体导引应用程序上的行为、通过明白的用户指定,或根据用户简介,来得到用户的兴趣。 By monitoring user behavior in the media guide application specified by the user to understand, or according to user profile, to get the user's interest. 例如,如果用户不喜欢动作/冒险视频,则推荐的视频可以是排除动作/冒险视频之外的最受欢迎的两个或三个视频。 For example, if the user does not like action / adventure video, the video can be recommended outside of the exclusion of the most popular action / adventure video two or three videos. 如果用户通常观看以Roger Ebert突出显示的视频,则推荐的视频可以是最新的以Roger Ebert突出显示的两个或三个视频。 If you commonly see with Roger Ebert highlighted video, the video may be recommended by two or three of the latest video to Roger Ebert highlighted.

[0056] 当用户从镶嵌图案208或推荐的视频选择视频时,右列206 (图2)可向用户显示用于被选择的视频的选项,如图5所示。 [0056] When the user 208 or recommended mosaic video from video selection, the right column 206 (FIG. 2) may be displayed to a user of the video option is selected, as shown in FIG. 另外,可显示关于视频的更多信息。 In addition, it can display more information about the video. 图5显示了选择图4中的第一个视频或镶嵌图案208中的视频之一的结果。 Figure 5 shows the results of the first one of the video in a video mosaic or 4208 in FIG selected. 除了关于被选择的视频的信息内容外,还向用户呈现可选择的选项504、506、508、510、516和518。 In addition to information about the contents of the selected video, also presented alternative options 504,506,508,510,516 and 518 to the user. 可选择的按钮504打开新的显示或覆盖图并把用户指引到提供视频的网站。 Alternatively button 504 opens a new overlay or display and to direct the user to provide videos. 可选择的按钮506将当前视频添加到观看队列244 (图2),并且可选择的按钮508将视频添加到用户的收藏列表。 Alternatively add button 506 to view the current video queue 244 (FIG. 2), and a selectable button 508 to add video to the user's favorites list.

[0057] 选项510提供与当前所显示的视频相关的链接。 [0057] 510 provides options related to the currently displayed video link. 因此,如果用户喜爱视频,则用户可被指引到相关的视频。 So, if you loved the video, the user may be directed to the relevant video. 相关视频作为关键词512呈现给用户。 Related videos presented to the user as the keyword 512. 关键词512可以是演员或与视频关联的其他名人、节目所在的网络、相关网络,或与视频关联的任何其他关键词。 Keywords network 512 can be an actor or other celebrity associated with the video, the program is located, related network, or video associated with any other keyword. 靠近列表中各关键词的是数字514,其相应于与关键词相关的可获得的视频的数量。 Close to each keyword list 514 is a number, which corresponds to the number of available video-related keywords. 例如,在图5中,Kiefer Sutherland是在被选择的节目中的演员,而有392个可获得的该演员的视频。 For example, in FIG. 5, Kiefer Sutherland is selected actor in the program, while the 392 available video actor. 如果用户选定可选择的链接520,则镶嵌图案208 (图2)反映为包括该392个视频。 If the selected user selectable link 520, the mosaic pattern 208 (FIG. 2) is reflected in the 392 comprises video. 最右列206可随后基于被选择的关键词(图4)返回到向用户提供推荐。 Rightmost column may then return to 206 based on the selected keyword (FIG. 4) provides recommendations to the user.

[0058] 列500可呈现与被选择的视频相关的其他选项,包括“发送给友人(Send toFriend) ” 516以及“关于此视频的博客(Blog about thisVideo) ” 518特征。 [0058] Column 500 may be presented with a selection of other video-related options, including "Send to a friend (Send toFriend)" 516 and "About this video blog (Blog about thisVideo)" 518 features. 特征516允许用户向友人通知当前的视频。 Feature 516 allows the user to notify the current video to a friend. 在本发明的一个实施方式中,提供视频的网站的URL可被发送到友人的电子邮件地址或可使用任何其他适合的方法被发送给友人。 In one embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a video site URL may be sent to a friend's e-mail address or any other suitable method of friends is sent to. 在本发明的另一个实施方式中,视频可被添加到友人的用户简介中的推荐列表,友人可在他或她访问他的或她的在媒体导引应用程序上的帐户时,访问所述推荐列表。 In another embodiment of the present invention, the video may be added to the recommended list in the user profile friends, friends can access his or her account on a media guide application in his or her accessing the recommendation list. 电子邮件或用于分发信息的任何其他方法也可被发送给友人,以通知该友人已经添加了新的推荐。 E-mail or any other method for distributing information may also be sent to a friend, to inform the friends have added new recommendations.

[0059] 特征518可把用户指向新的显示屏(未图示)。 [0059] wherein the user 518 can point to a new screen (not shown). 显示屏可允许用户在观看视频后,输入他或她对于视频的想法或评论。 After the display to allow users to watch video, enter his or her ideas or comments for the video. 这些想法可保存在与用户关联的博客中。 These ideas can be saved in a blog associated with the user. 博客可包含不同的项目(entry),其中各项目相应于特定的视频或关于视频的相关媒体信息(例如,特定的种类、节目(show)、频道、演员等)。 Blog can contain different items (entry), each of which corresponds to a specific project or video related media information about the video (for example, certain types of program (show), channel, actor, etc.). 在一些实施方式中,通过选择选项518,关于视频的项目可自动启动。 In some embodiments, the 518, a video about the project can be started automatically by selecting Options. 博客可被存储在用户简介中。 Blog can be stored in the user profile. 博客可保存在用户的设备上,且可只是该用户可访问的。 Blog can be stored on the user's device, and can only be accessed by the user. 可选地,博客可以被远程保存,且博客可以是被指定为友人的用户可访问的,或可以对公众开放来进行阅读。 Alternatively, a blog can be stored remotely, and blog can be designated as friends of the user can access, or can be open to the public to read.

[0060] 通过列500可提供给用户其他特征,但为避免使附图混乱而没有显示这些其他特征,所述其他特征是对视频进行评级的选项,访问关于视频的论坛的选项,或前往关于视频的可修改的(wik1-able)页面的选项。 [0060] 500 can be provided to the user via the column other features, but to avoid confusion and drawings do not show these additional features, the other features are options for video rate, the option to access the forum on video, or go on you can modify the video options (wik1-able) page. 按需要,用户可被指引到论坛以讨论视频或与视频相关的话题(例如,电视节目、提供视频的网络、视频中的演员,等等)。 As needed, the user can be directed to the forum to discuss topics related to video or video (eg, television programs, providing online video, video of the actor, etc.). 用户也可前往关于视频的可修改的页面或与视频相关的话题以与其他导引应用程序用户分享信息。 Users can also go on editable page video or video-related topics to the user guide and other applications to share information.

[0061] 媒体导引应用程序,例如提供图2的显示屏200的应用程序,可基于用户的偏好而被个性化。 [0061] The media guidance application, such as providing a display screen in FIG. 2, the application 200, based on user preferences to be personalized. 个性化的媒体导引应用程序允许用户定制显示和特征以借助媒体导引应用程序生成个性化的“体验(experience)”。 Personalized media guidance application allows the user to customize the display means and wherein the media guide application generates personalized "experience (preference Experience)." 通过允许用户输入这些定制及/或通过媒体导引应用程序监测用户操作以确定各种用户偏好,可生成此个性化的体验。 By allowing the user to customize the input and / or through the media guide application monitoring the user operation to determine various user preferences, this may generate a personalized experience. 用户可通过登录或以其他方式向导引应用程序确认他们自身而访问他们的个性化导引应用程序。 Users can log in or confirm themselves in other ways to guide the application and access their personalized guidance application. 媒体导引应用程序的定制可依据用户简介而制定。 Custom media guidance applications may be developed based on user profiles. 定制可包括不同的呈现方案(例如显示的配色方案、文本的字体大小,等等)、显示的媒体内容列表的方面(例如推荐的媒体内容,等等)、显示的标准单元的方面(例如分类或标准单元的排序,等等)、家长控制设置,以及其他期望的定制。 Customization may include different presentation program (for example, display color scheme, font size of text, etc.), aspects of the standard unit displays the list of aspects of display media (such as recommended media content, etc.) (eg classification or a standard cell sorting, etc.), settings, and other desired customized parental controls.

[0062] 媒体导引应用程序可允许用户提供用户简介信息或可自动地编制用户简介信息。 [0062] The media guidance application may allow the user to provide user profile information or automatically establish the user profile information. 例如,媒体导引应用程序可监测用户访问的媒体及/或用户可能与导引应用程序的其他交互。 For example, the media guidance application may monitor the media and / or the user may interact with other applications guide users to access. 另外,媒体导引应用程序可获得与特定用户相关的所有或部分的其他用户简介(例如从用户访问的互联网上的其他网站(web site),比如www.tvguide.com,从用户访问的其他媒体导引应用程序,从用户访问的其他交互式应用程序,从用户的手持设备,等等)及/或从媒体导引应用程序可访问的其他资料来源获得关于用户的信息。 In addition, the media guidance application available for all or part of other user profile associated with a particular user (eg from other sites (web site) on Internet users to access, such as www.tvguide.com, other media access from the user guide application, and so on) and / or obtain information about the user from other sources, media guidance application can access from other users to access interactive applications from the user's handheld device. 结果,在用户的不同设备上,可为用户提供统一的导引应用程序体验。 As a result, users on different devices, providing a unified guidance application experience for the user. 下面结合图11更详细地描述了此类型的用户体验。 The following describes this type of user experience in conjunction with FIG. 11 in more detail. 附加的个性化媒体导引应用程序特征在2005年7月11日提交的Ellis等人的第11/179,410号美国专利申请,1999年11月9日提交的Boyer等人的第09/437,304号美国专利申请,以及2002年2月21日提交的Ellis等人的第10/105,128号美国专利申请中作出了更详细的描述,这些美国专利申请在此通过引用被全部并入。 Boyer et Additional personalized media guidance application features at No. 11 in US Patent Application 179,410 Ellis et al, 2005 July 11 submitted by the person / November 9, 1999 filed the first person 09/437 No. 304 10 No. 105,128 US Patent application US patent applications, and Ellis et al, 2002, filed February 21 man / made in a more detailed description of these US patent applications are hereby incorporated by reference .

[0063] 用户可输入偏好以定制由导引应用程序提供的显示,例如通过图6中的显示600。 [0063] The user can input preferences to customize the display application provided by the guide, for example, in FIG. 6 by the display 600. 用户偏好可保存在与该用户关联的用户简介中。 User preferences can be stored in the user profile associated with the user. 用户界面600可显示用户的喜爱的视频、用户的显示偏好,且可允许用户添加或移除偏好。 The user interface 600 may display the user's favorite video, the user's display preferences, and may allow the user to add or remove preferences. 我的收藏视频列表602是视频的列表,其中用户通过例如选择“添加到我的收藏夹(Add to My Favorites) ”可选择的按钮508 (图5)来将各视频标记为喜爱的视频。 Favorites list 602 is a list of video video in which the user, for example, by selecting "Add to my favorites (Add to My Favorites)" video select button 508 (FIG. 5) to the respective video marked as a favorite. 列表中的各项目可由图形标识符604(例如屏幕截图/缩略图)和文本信息606标识。 Each item in the list may be a graphical identifier 604 (e.g. screenshot / thumbnail images), and text information 606 identification. 文本信息606可包括视频名称、视频长度、视频变得可获得的日期,以及任何其他相关信息。 Text information 606 may include a video name, video length, video becomes available to date, and any other relevant information. 靠近列表602中各视频的“关闭”指示符608允许用户从列表中移除任何单独的视频。 Close to 602 of each video list the "off" indicator 608 allows the user to remove any individual video from the list. 我的收藏视频列表602可不同于观看队列246,至少因为收藏列表被保存得更长久(例如,在用户简介中)。 My list of favorite videos to watch queue 602 may be different than 246, at least since the collection list is stored much longer (for example, in the user profile). 因此用户可离开导引应用程序而在稍后的时间返回应用程序,而不丢失保存在显示600中的信息。 So the user can leave the program guide application and return the application at a later time without losing the information stored in the display 600. 收藏列表602下方是“发送给友人”的链接610。 602 below the list of favorites is "Send to a friend" link 610. 链接610允许用户将用户的收藏列表中的视频发送给友人。 Link 610 allows the user to send the list of favorites in the user's video to a friend. 可使用结合图5中的链接516描述的任何技术,将收藏列表602发送给友人。 Link may be used with any technique described in FIG. 5 516, 602 will be sent to a friend list of favorites.

[0064] 用户可在我的偏好列表612中输入观看偏好。 [0064] The user can enter the viewing preferences on my preference list 612. 我的偏好列表612可包括一个或更多的用户的喜爱的(favorite)编辑614。 My preference list 612 may include one or more of the user's favorite (favorite) edit 614. 我的偏好列表612可包括一个或更多收藏的视频类型616。 My preference list 612 may include one or more type 616 favorite videos. 用户界面200的左列202 (图2)中可获得的任何可选择的标准单元(例如,种类、频道、节目、热站列表、视频类型,等等中的标准单元)都可包括在我的偏好列表中。 The left column 200 of the user interface 202 can select any of the standard cells (e.g., type, channel, program, heat station list, video type, like the standard units) (FIG. 2) may include available in my the preference list. 用户输入的任何偏好可通过选择相应于偏好的按钮618而被移除,并且可通过选择链接620添加偏好。 Any user preference input may be removed by selecting the button 618 corresponding to the preference and the preference may be added by selecting a link 620. 链接620可把用户带到允许用户选定附加的选项以包括在我的偏好中的新的屏幕(未图示)或覆盖图。 Link 620 may take the user to allow the user to select additional options to include the new screen (not shown) or overlay of my preferences.

[0065] 链接622可用于在可获得用户感兴趣的新的视频时设置警报。 [0065] Link 622 allows you to set alerts when new videos available of interest to the user. 当符合我的偏好列表612中的一个或更多标准单元的新的视频变得可获得时,可通知用户。 When a line with my preference list 612 or more new video standard units become available, you can notify the user. 用户可设置警报,以使得任何或所有的标准单元被用于触发警报。 Users can set an alarm, so that any or all of the standard unit is used to trigger an alarm. 警报可以是以用于传送消息的电子邮件、文本消息的形式或其他适合的形式,所传送的消息是:用户感兴趣的新的视频已变得可获得。 Alerts can e-mail is used to transmit messages, or other suitable form of a text message, the message conveyed is: new video has become available to interested users.

[0066] 用户界面200 (图2)可基于输入列表624和626中的偏好而被定制。 [0066] User interface 200 (FIG. 2) can be customized based on the input 624 and 626 list the preference. 列表624阻止显示不具有列表中至少一个标准单元的性质的任何视频。 Display list 624 does not have properties to prevent at least a list of any video standard cell. 例如,在说明性的用户界面600中,用户已经指定他或她只想观看动作/冒险类型的结果。 For example, in the illustrative user interface 600, the user has specified that he or she would like to view the results of the action / adventure genre. 列表624的过滤作用只可在至少一个标准单元被选择的情况下发生。 Filtering action list 624 may only occur in the case where at least one criterion selected cells.

[0067] 列表626可阻止把满足列表中的任何标准单元的视频呈现给用户。 [0067] The listing 626 may prevent meet any standard cell list of the video presented to the user. 因此,如果列表620为空,则列表620对呈现给用户的视频没有影响。 Therefore, if the list is empty 620, 620 pairs in the list presented to the user's video is not affected. 通过使用列表624或列表626,用户可以有效地控制在任何搜索中可以返回或不可以返回什么类型的视频。 By using a list of 624 or 626 list, the user can effectively control may return or what type of video may not be returned in any search. 显示600也可包括用于定制用户界面200的其他选项。 Display 600 may also include additional options for customizing the user interface 200. 在一些实施方式中,用户可以改变左列202的格式或选项。 In some embodiments, the user may change the format or the left column 202 of options. 用户可包括分类或阻止分类被显示。 Categories may include preventing a user or the classification are displayed. 用户可选择显示分类或标准单元的顺序。 Or the user can select the display order of a standard cell classification.

[0068] 图7显示了在新闻分类中的可获得的视频的说明性维恩图700。 [0068] FIG. 7 shows an illustrative video news available in the Venn diagram 700 classification. 如维恩图700中所示,在新闻种类702中,可显示给用户的有2000个视频。 As shown in the Venn diagram 700, in press type 702, it may be displayed to the user 2,000 videos. 在这2000个新闻视频中,139个视频与频道-喜剧中704相关。 In this 2000 news videos, 139 videos and channels - Comedy 704 related. 另外,2000个新闻视频中的518个与频道_C_SPAN(公共事务卫星有线电视网)706有关。 In addition, 2000 News video 518 associated with the channel _C_SPAN (Public Affairs satellite cable television network) 706. 有比在维恩图中所显示的更多的与这两个频道相关的视频,但它们不在新闻种类中。 There are more than a video related to these two channels in a Venn diagram shows, but they are not in the news category. 其用延伸出新闻框702的虚线710显示。 Showing a press frame with broken lines extending in 710,702. 最后,如框708所显示的,新闻种类中的30个视频与喜剧中心和C-SPAN都相关。 Finally, as shown in box 708, the news category of 30 videos and Comedy Central and C-SPAN are related.

[0069] 在图8A-8C和图9A-9B中显示的示例性显示屏示出了用户界面200,且更具体地左列202(图2)的典型的使用环境。 [0069] An exemplary display shown in FIGS. 8A-8C and 9A-9B shows a user interface 200, and more particularly in the left column exemplary environment 202 (FIG. 2). 参考图7中的维恩图700对该环境进行描述。 Referring to FIG. 7 Venn diagram 700 will be described in this environment. 在不同的阶段,列202 (图2)可采取图8A-8C中的列800A-800C的形式。 At different stages, the column 202 (FIG. 2) may take the form of columns 800A-800C in FIG. 8A-8C. 在此环境中,使用列202 (图2)作为范围缩小机制,由此被识别的视频的数量随着各个被选择的标准单元而减小。 In this environment, the use of column 202 (FIG. 2) as a narrowing mechanism, whereby the number of video is identified with the respective standard cells to be selected is reduced. 最初,列202可包括用于种类、频道、节目和热站列表的分类。 Initially, the column 202 may include a classification type, channel, program, and a thermal station list. 种类分类可默认为被选择的,并且显示种类分类的标准单元。 Category classification may be selected as default, and the display unit is a standard type classification. (见图2)当用户选择种类分类中的标准单元“新闻”802时,标准单元在种类分类标题下方以及可选择的单元的窗口上方列出。 (See FIG. 2) when the user selects the type of standard classification unit "news" 802, standard cell type over the window are listed below the category headings and optional units. 靠近被选择的标准单元804的是“关闭”按钮806,该按钮可用于取消对标准单元的选择,并将标准单元从窗口812上方的位置移除。 Unit 804 close to the selected standard is "close" button 806, the button can be used to cancel the selection of a standard cell, a standard cell and a position removed from the top of the window 812. 在用户选择新闻种类之后,新闻种类中可获得的在线视频被识别。 After the user selects the type of news, news categories available online video to be identified. 被识别的视频的数量,或者说2000,被显示在708处,该数量与在维恩图700中可获得的新闻视频的数量一致。 The number of the identified video, or 2000, is displayed 708, the same number with the number 700 of news video obtained in the Venn diagram.

[0070] 如果接收到用户选择了分类-频道810,则相应于种类分类的可选择的单元的窗口812被关闭。 [0070] If the user selects the received classification - 810 channels, depending on the type classification of the selectable window unit 812 is turned off. 相应于频道分类的窗口814呈现在频道分类标题下方。 Corresponding to the channel classification window 814 presented below the channel classification title. 窗口814中的标准单元的每一个都具有新闻种类中的视频。 Each window 814 of standard cells have the video news categories. 不具有新闻种类中的视频的频道不被包括在窗口814中。 Channel does not have the kind of news video is not included in the window 814. 当接收到用户选择了标准单元816(喜剧中心)时,与之前一样,标准单元818被移动到分类标题下方,且靠近标准单元提供“关闭”按钮820。 Upon receiving the user selection unit 816 standard (Comedy Central), as before, the standard unit 818 is moved below the category headings and close to provide standard cells "Close" button 820. 在用户选择喜剧中心频道标准单元之后,识别既在新闻种类内又与喜剧中心相关的可获得的在线视频。 After the user selects Comedy Central standards unit, identifying available both online video and associated with Comedy Central in the news species. 在822处显示被识别的视频的数量,或者说139。 It shows the number identified in the video 822, or 139. 因此,在新闻种类内的2000个视频中,只有其中的139个与喜剧中心相关,而视频集的范围相应缩小。 Thus, in 2000 in the video news categories, of which only 139 associated with Comedy Central, and video set corresponding narrow range. 这与维恩图700中的704 —致。 Induced - 700 704 This Venn diagram.

[0071] 在选择了频道分类中的C-SPAN后,在图8C的824中显示视频的剩余数量,或者说30。 [0071] After selecting the channel C-SPAN classification display the remaining amount of video, 30 or 824 in FIG. 8C. 因此,对于既符合新闻又符合喜剧中心标准的139个视频来说,其中只有30个视频同时与C-SPAN相关。 Therefore, in line with news for Comedy Central and consistent standard for video 139, of which only 30 videos related to both C-SPAN. 此数量与维恩图700中的708 —致。 This amount is a Venn diagram of 700708-- induced. 如果选择了节目分类,则窗口814被关闭,并且相应于电视节目的新窗口-窗口826被呈现在节目分类标题的下方。 If you select a program classification, the window 814 is closed, and the window corresponding to the new TV show - window 826 is presented under the program classification title. 注意到只有一个节目,每日秀(The Daily Show)在窗口中列出。 Notice that only one program, The Daily Show (The Daily Show) listed in the window. 这表明基于新闻的、与喜剧中心相关的并与C-SPAN相关的所有30个视频出现在每日秀中,或者至少与每日秀相关。 This indicates that based on news related to Comedy Central and all 30 videos related to C-SPAN appears in the daily show, or at least related to the daily show.

[0072] 如果接收到移除喜剧中心标准单元的用户指示(例如,如果接收到用户选择了按钮820),则被识别的视频只需要符合新闻和C-SPAN标准,根据维恩图700,这将产生818个视频。 [0072] If a user receives an indication to remove Comedy Central standard cell (e.g., if a user selects the button 820), were identified video information and need only comply with the standard C-SPAN The Venn diagram 700, which It will produce 818 videos. 这随后可反映在用户界面上(未图示)。 This may then be reflected (not shown) on the user interface. 标准单元将相应地改变,且将包括具有既符合新闻又符合C-SPAN标准的可获得的视频的节目。 Standard cells will change accordingly, and the in line including video information having a C-SPAN and consistent standard program available.

[0073] 列202 (图2)也可采取图9A和9B中的900A和900B的形式。 [0073] The column 202 (FIG. 2) may also take the FIGS. 9A and 9B 900A and 900B of form. 在此使用环境中,范围缩小机制可不时地随着随后对标准单元的选择而增加被识别的视频集。 In this environment of use, when the narrowing mechanism may be of standard cells with subsequent selection is increased video set identified. 达到在图9A中显示的配置所涉及的步骤可通过上面结合图8A和SB所描述的步骤而实现。 FIG. 9A reached configuration step may involve the steps shown in FIGS. 8A and SB described above is achieved by the binding. 因此,为了方便起见,图SB被复制为图9A。 Accordingly, for convenience, FIG. SB is copied to Fig. 9A. 在图9A中,选择种类分类的新闻标准单元以及频道分类的喜剧中心标准单元,并且显示频道分类的标准单元。 In FIG. 9A, selecting the type classification standard cell News Comedy Central unit and channel classification standard, the standard display unit and a channel classification. 这产生139个视频,与维恩图700 —致。 This results in video 139, the Venn diagram 700 - To.

[0074] 在频道分类中选择C-SPAN之后,被识别的视频被扩大以包括喜剧中心或C-SPAN中与新闻相关的视频。 [0074] After selecting the channel C-SPAN in the category, identified video was expanded to include Comedy Central or C-SPAN in news-related videos. 相应地,在904显示的被识别的视频的数量从139增加到627个视频。 Accordingly, the number identified in the video display 904 of the video 627 is increased from 139. 如通过观看节目分类中可选择的标准单元的窗口906 (例如,通过选择节目分类)可以看到的,列出了既来自喜剧中心又来自C-SPAN的、与新闻相关的节目。 The viewing window through standard program classification unit 906 selectable (e.g., by selecting a program category) can be seen, and a list of related programs and news from both C-SPAN from Comedy Central. 注意到在窗口906中,分开了来自各频道的视频(节目908来自喜剧中心,而节目910来自C-SPAN),以便显示它们符合别的分类中的不同标准单元。 Note that in the window 906, separated from each video channel (from Comedy Central program 908, a program 910 from the C-SPAN), so that they meet the other display different classification standard cells. 在一些实施方式中,标准单元被一起显示(例如按字母表的顺序),而不考虑其他分类中被选择的标准单元。 In some embodiments, the standard unit is displayed together (e.g., in alphabetical order), regardless of the categories of standard cells are selected.

[0075] 如果接收到移除喜剧中心标准单元的用户指示(例如如果接收到用户选择了按钮914),则视频集可被缩小。 [0075] If a user receives an indication to remove Comedy Central standard cell (e.g., if the received user selection button 914), the Video Set can be reduced. 这种情况下,被识别的视频将需要符合新闻和C-SPAN标准,根据维恩图700,这将使视频集从627减少到518。 In this case, the identified information and video will need to comply with standard C-SPAN The Venn diagram 700, which will reduce video set from 627 to 518. 这随后可反映在用户界面上(未图示)。 This may then be reflected (not shown) on the user interface. 标准单元将相应地改变,且将包括具有既符合新闻又符合C-SPAN标准的可获得的视频的 Standard cell will change, and the available include news video in line and consistent with the standard C-SPAN

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[0076]用户可从他们的用户装备设备中的一个或更多来访问媒体内容以及媒体导引应用程序(及其上面描述的显示屏)。 [0076] user from their user equipment device to access one or more of the media content and media guidance application (and its display screen described above). 图10显示了说明性的用户装备设备1000的一般化的实施方式。 Figure 10 shows a generalized illustrative user equipment device 1000 according to the embodiment. 用户装备设备的更具体的实现在下面结合图11进行讨论。 More specific implementations of user equipment devices are discussed below in conjunction with FIG. 11. 用户装备设备1000可经由输入/输出(下文中的“I/O”)通道1002接收媒体内容和数据。 Channel 1000 may be a user equipment device via an input / output (hereinafter "I / O") 1002 and receive media content data. I/O通道1002可向控制电路1004提供媒体内容(例如,广播节目编排、点播节目编排、互联网内容,以及其他视频或音频)和数据,所述控制电路1004包括处理电路1006和存储器1008。 I / O channel 1002 may provide media content (e.g., broadcast programming, on-demand programming, Internet content, and other video or audio) and data to the control circuit 1004, the control circuitry 1004 includes processing circuitry 1006 and a memory 1008. 利用I/O通道1002,控制电路1004可用于发送和接收命令、请求以及其他适合的数据。 Using I / O channels 1002, the control circuit 1004 may be used to send and receive commands, requests, and other suitable data. I/O通道1002可将控制电路1004(且特别是处理电路1006)连接到一个或更多的通信通道(在下面描述)。 I / O channel control circuit 1004 may be 1002 (and in particular the processing circuitry 1006) connected to one or more communication channels (described below). I/O功能可通过这些通信通道中的一个或更多来提供,但在图10中显示为单一的通道以避免使附图过于复杂。 I / O functions may be provided by one or more communication channels of one of these, but shown as a single channel in order to avoid overly complicating the drawing in FIG. 10.

[0077] 控制电路1004可基于任何适合的处理电路1006,例如基于一个或更多的微处理器、微控制器、数字信号处理器、可编程逻辑器件等的处理电路。 [0077] The control circuit 1004 may be based on any suitable processing circuitry 1006, for example, based on one or more microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors, programmable logic devices, etc. The processing circuit. 在一些实施方式中,控制电路1004执行用于存储在存储器(即,存储器1008)中的媒体导引应用程序的指令。 In some embodiments, the control circuit 1004 executes stored in a memory (i.e., memory 1008) media guide application instructions in. 在基于客户机-服务器的实施方式中,控制电路1004可包括适合与导引应用程序服务器或其他网络或服务器通信的通信电路。 Based client - server embodiment, the control circuit 1004 may comprise a guide adapted to the application server or other communication network or server in communication circuits. 通信电路可包括电缆调制解调器、综合服务数字网(ISDN)调制解调器、数字用户线路(DSL)调制解调器、电话调制解调器,或用于与其他设备通信的无线调制解调器。 The communication circuit may include a cable modem, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) modem, a digital subscriber line (DSL) modem, a telephone modem, or a wireless modem for communications with other devices. 这样的通信涉及互联网以便至少获得在线媒体内容,且附加地可涉及任何其他适合的通信网络或通道(结合图11进行了更详细的描述)。 Such communication involves the Internet so as to obtain at least online media content, and may additionally involve any other suitable communications networks or channels (described in more detail in conjunction with FIG. 11). 此外,通信电路可包括允许用户装备设备的对等通信,或位置相互远离的位置的用户装备设备的通信的电路(下面更详细的描述)。 Further, the communication circuit may comprise a circuit to allow communication with the user equipment communications equipment, or the position of the user equipment device like a position away from each other (described in more detail below).

[0078] 存储器(例如随机存取存储器、只读存储器或任何其他适合的存储器)、硬盘驱动器、光驱或任何其他适合的固定的或可移动的存储设备(例如DVD记录器、⑶记录器、盒式磁带录像机或其他适合的记录设备)可被提供作为控制电路1004的部分的存储器1008。 [0078] memory (e.g., random access memory, read only memory or any other suitable memory), a hard drive, optical drive, or any other suitable fixed or removable storage device (e.g. a DVD recorder, recorder ⑶ cartridge video tape recorder, or other suitable recording device) may be provided as part of the control circuit 1004 of the memory 1008. 存储器1008可包括一个或更多的以上类型的存储设备。 The memory 1008 may include one or more of the above types of memory devices. 例如,用户装备设备1000可包括用于DVR的硬盘驱动器(有时称为个人录像机,或PVR)和作为辅助存储设备的DVD记录器。 For example, a user equipment device 1000 may include a hard disk drive for DVR (sometimes called a personal video recorder or PVR), and as an auxiliary storage device of a DVD recorder. 存储器1008可用于存储在此描述的各种类型的媒体和导引应用程序数据,包括节目信息、导引应用程序设置、用户偏好或简介信息,或在操作导引应用程序时使用的其他数据。 And various types of media guide application data stored in memory 1008 may be used as described herein, including program information, program guide application settings, user preferences or other data profile information, or when the operation guide application. 也可使用非易失性存储器(例如以运行启动例行程序和其他指令)。 Non-volatile memory may also be used (e.g., to run the startup routine and other instructions).

[0079] 控制电路1004可包括视频产生电路和调谐电路,例如一个或更多的模拟调谐器(analog tuner)、一个或更多的MPEG-2解码器或其他数字解码电路、高清调谐器,或任何其他适合的调谐或视频电路,或这种电路的组合。 [0079] The control circuit 1004 may include a video generator circuit and a tuning circuit, such as one or more analog tuners (analog tuner), one or more MPEG-2 decoders or other digital decoding circuitry, high-definition tuners, or , or a combination of any other suitable tuning or video circuits such circuits. 也可提供编码电路(例如用于将无线电(over-the-air)模拟或数字信号转换成MPEG信号以便存储)。 Encoding circuit may also be provided (e.g. for radio (over-the-air) analog or digital signals into MPEG signals for storage). 控制电路1004也可包括缩放器电路(scaler circuitry),用于将媒体上变频(upconverting)和下变频(downconverting)成用户装备1000的优选的输出格式。 The control circuit 1004 may also include a scaling circuit (scaler circuitry), media conversion (upconverting) and downconverts (downconverting) for user equipment 1000 into the preferred output format. 电路1004也可包括数模转换器电路和模数转换器电路以便在数字信号和模拟信号之间进行转换。 Circuit 1004 may also include a digital to analog converter circuit and a converter circuit for converting between digital and analog signals. 用户装备可使用调谐和编码电路来接收和显示、播放或记录媒体内容。 The user equipment may use tuning and encoding circuitry to receive and display, play or record the media content. 调谐和编码电路也可用于接收导引数据。 The tuning and encoding circuitry may be used to receive navigation data. 在此描述的电路,包括例如调谐、视频产生、编码、解码、缩放器,和模拟/数字电路,这些电路可使用在一个或更多的通用的或专用的处理器上运行的软件而实现。 Circuits described herein including, for example tuning video generation, encoding, decoding, sealer, and an analog / digital circuits, which can be used in software running on one or more general purpose or special-purpose processor implemented. 可提供多个调谐器以处理同时的调谐功能(例如,观看和记录功能、画中画(PIP)功能、多调谐器记录等)。 Multiple tuners may be provided to handle simultaneous tuning functions (e.g., watch and record functions, picture in picture (PIP) function, multi-tuner, etc). 如果存储器1008被提供为与用户装备1000分离的装置,则调谐和编码电路(包括多个调谐器)可以与存储器1008关联。 If memory 1008 is provided as a separate device equipped with a user 1000, the tuning and encoding circuitry (including multiple tuners) can be associated with memory 1008.

[0080] 用户可使用用户输入接口1010来控制控制电路1004。 [0080] The user may use the user input interface control circuit 1004 to 1010. 用户输入接口1010可以是任何适合的用户接口,例如遥控器、鼠标、轨迹球、小键盘、键盘、触摸屏、触摸板、指示笔输入器、操纵杆、声音识别接口或其他用户输入接口。 The user input interface 1010 may be any suitable user interface, such as a remote controller, a mouse, trackball, keypad, keyboard, touch screen, touch pad, a stylus, a joystick, voice recognition interface, or other user input interface. 显示器1012可提供为独立的设备或与用户装备设备1000的其他单元集成。 Display 1012 may be provided as a separate device or other device with a user equipment unit 1000 is integrated. 显示器1012可以是监视器、电视、移动设备的液晶显示器(LCD),或用于显示视觉图像的任何其他适合的设备中的一种或更多种。 Display 1012 may be a liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor, a television, a mobile device, or for any other form suitable for displaying a visual image of the device or more. 在一些实施方式中,显示器1012可以是HDTV可用的(HDTV-capable)。 In some embodiments, the display 1012 may be available in HDTV (HDTV-capable). 扬声器1014可提供为与用户装备设备1000的其他单元集成,或可以是独立的部件。 Speaker 1014 may be provided with the other user equipment units are integrated device 1000, or may be a separate member. 在显示器1012上显示的视频和其他媒体内容的音频成分可通过扬声器1014播放。 Displayed on the display 1012 audio component video and other media content may be played through the speaker 1014. 在一些实施方式中,音频可分送给接收器(未显示),该接收器处理音频并经由扬声器1014输出音频。 In some embodiments, the audio can be divided to the receiver (not shown), the receiver processing the audio via a speaker 1014 and audio output.

[0081] 图10的用户装备设备1000可以在图11的系统1100中实现为用户电视装备1102、用户计算机装备1104、无线用户通信设备1106或适合于访问媒体的任何其他类型的用户装备,例如非便携的游戏机。 User equipment device [0081] 1000 of Figure 10 may be in the system of FIG. 11 1100 implemented as user television equipment 1102, user computer equipment 1104, a wireless user communication device 1106, or any other type of user equipment suitable for accessing media, for example non portable game consoles. 为简单起见,在这里这些设备可统称为用户装备或用户装备设备。 For simplicity, where these devices can be collectively referred to as user equipment or user equipment device. 用户装备设备(媒体导引应用程序在其上执行)可起独立设备的作用,或可以是设备网络的部分。 A user equipment device (a media guide application executing thereon) may function as a standalone device or may be part of a network device. 可实现设备的各种网络配置,下面将更详细的讨论。 Devices can be implemented a variety of network configurations, discussed in more detail below.

[0082] 用户电视设备1102可包括机顶盒、用于处理卫星电视的综合解码接收机(IRD)、电视机、数字存储设备、DVD记录器、盒式磁带录像机(VCR)、本地媒体服务器,或其他用户电视装备。 [0082] User device 1102 may include a television set top box, satellite television for processing integrated receiver decoder (the IRD), a television, a digital storage device, DVD recorder, video cassette recorder (the VCR), a local media server, or other user television equipment. 按需要,一个或更多的这些设备可集成为单个设备。 As required, one or more of these devices may be integrated into a single device. 用户计算机装备1104可包括PC、膝上型电脑、图形输入板(tablet)、网络电视盒(WebTV box)、个人计算机电视(PC/TV)、PC媒体服务器、PC媒体中心,或其他用户计算机装备。 User computer equipment 1104 may include a PC, laptop, tablet (tablet), network TV box (WebTV box), personal computer television (PC / TV), PC media server, PC media center, or other user computer equipment . WEBTV是Microsoft Corp所有的商标。 WEBTV is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. 无线用户通信设备1106可包括PDA、移动电话、便携式视频播放器、便携式音乐播放器、便携式游戏机,或其他无线设备。 Wireless user communication device 1106 may include a PDA, a mobile phone, a portable video player, a portable music player, a portable game machine, or other wireless devices.

[0083] 应注意到,随着用于PC的电视调谐卡(televis1n tuner card)、网络电视的出现以及视频结合到其他用户装备设备中,在试图将一种设备归类为以上设备中的一种时,界限已经变得模糊了。 [0083] It should be noted, as for the PC TV tuner card (televis1n tuner card), the emergence of network television and video incorporated into other user equipment devices, attempting to classify an apparatus for the more than one device when the boundaries have become blurred. 实际上,用户电视装备1102、用户计算机装备1104,和无线用户通信设备1106中的每一个都可使用结合图10在上面描述的系统特征中的至少一些特征,并且因此,包括与这种设备上可获得的媒体内容的类型相关的适应性(flexibility)。 Indeed, the user television equipment 1102, user computer equipment 1104, 1106 and wireless user communication device may be used in each system wherein at least some of the features described above in conjunction with FIG. 10, and therefore, such a device comprises available types of media content related to adaptability (flexibility). 例如,用户电视装备1102可以是具有互联网功能的(Internet-enabled)、允许访问互联网内容的,而用户计算机装备1104可包括允许访问电视节目编排的调谐器。 For example, user television equipment 1102 may be Internet-enabled (Internet-enabled), allows access to Internet content, and user computer equipment 104 may include television programming to allow access to a tuner. 媒体导引应用程序还可在各种不同类型的用户装备上具有相同的布置,或可以是适合用户装备的显示能力的。 Media guide application may also have the same arrangement in a variety of different types of user equipment, or may be suitable for the display capability of the user equipment. 例如,在用户计算机装备上,导引应用程序可提供为通过网络浏览器访问的网站。 For example, on the user's computer equipment, applications can provide guidance for the Web site accessed through a web browser. 在另一个例子中,导引应用程序可按比例缩小用于无线用户通信设备。 In another example, the guide may be scaled down application for wireless user communication device.

[0084] 在系统1100中,通常有多于一个的各类型的用户装备设备,但在图11中各类型只显示了一个,以避免使附图过于复杂。 [0084] In the system 1100, there is usually more than one of each type of user equipment devices, but in FIG. 11 only one of each type, in order to avoid overly complicated drawings. 此外,各用户可使用多于一种类型的用户装备设备(例如用户可以有电视机和计算机)以及同样的可使用多于一个的各类型的用户装备设备(例如用户可以有PDA和移动电话及/或多个电视机)。 Further, each user may use more than one type of a user equipment device (e.g., a user may have a computer and a television), and various types of user equipment device may use more than one of the same (e.g., a user may have a PDA and a mobile phone and / or multiple television sets).

[0085] 用户还可设定各种设置以在家用设备和远程设备上保持一致的媒体导引应用程序设置。 [0085] The user can also set various settings to be consistent media guide application on a home device and a remote device settings. 设置包括这里所描述的,以及导引应用程序用来制作节目编排推荐、显示偏好的频道和节目收藏、节目编排偏好,及其他期望的导引设置。 The settings, as well as guiding the application described here used to make programming recommendations, revealed preference of channel and program favorites, programming preferences, and other desirable guidance settings. 例如,如果用户在他们的办公室他们的个人电脑上的例如网站WWW.tvguide.com上将频道设置为收藏,则相同的频道将作为收藏出现在用户的家用设备(例如,用户电视装备和用户计算机装备)上,以及用户的移动设备上,如果期望的话。 For example, if a user in their offices such as on site WWW.tvguide.com channels on their PC to set as favorites, the same channel as the user's home equipment (eg, user television equipment and user computer appears in collections the equipment), as well as on the user's mobile device, if desired. 因此,在一个用户装备设备上作出的改变可改变在另一个用户装备设备上的导引体验,而不考虑这些装备设备是否为相同的或不同类型的用户装备设备。 Thus, changes made on one user equipment device may experience changes guide on another user equipment device, regardless of the equipment devices are the same or different types of user equipment devices. 此夕卜,作出的改变可基于用户输入的设置,以及导引应用程序监测到的用户的操作。 Bu this evening, the changes made may be monitored based on the setting input by the user, the application and operation of the user guide.

[0086] 用户装备设备可耦合到通信网络1114。 [0086] User equipment devices may be coupled to the communication network 1114. S卩,用户电视装备1102、用户计算机装备1104和无线用户通信设备1106分别经由通信通道1108、1110和1112耦合到通信网络1114。 S Jie, user television equipment 1102, user computer equipment 104 and wireless user communication device 1106 are coupled to the communication network 1114 via the communication channel 1108, 1110 and 1112. 通信网络1114包括互联网,且附加地可以是一个或更多的其他网络,所述其他网络包括移动电话网、移动设备(例如黑莓机(Blackberry))网、电缆网(cable network),公共交换电话网或其他类型的通信网络或通信网络的组合。 1114 communication network including the Internet, and additionally may be one or more other network, the other network comprises a mobile telephone network, a mobile device (e.g., BlackBerry (the Blackberry)) network, a cable network (cable network), a public switched telephone communication network or combination of networks or other type of communications network. BLACKBERRY是Research In Mot1n有限公司所有的商标。 Research In Mot1n BLACKBERRY is Ltd. trademarks. 通道1108、1110和1112可分别地或共同地包括一个或更多的通信通道,例如卫星通道、光纤通道、电缆通道、支持互联网通信的通道(例如,IPTV)、自由空间连接(例如用于广播或其他无线信号),或任何其他适合的有线或无线通信通道或这些的通道的组合。 Channel 1108, 1110 and 1112 may be individually or collectively include one or more communication channels, such as satellite channels, fiber channel, cable channel, Internet communications channel support (e.g., the IPTV), free-space connections (e.g., for broadcasting or other wireless signals), or any other suitable combination of wired or wireless communication channel or these channels. 通道1112用虚线画出以指示在图11所示的示例性的实施方式中,通道1112是无线通道,而通道1108和1110用实线画出以指示它们是有线通道(尽管按需要,这些通道可以是无线通道)。 1112 channels shown in dashed lines to indicate that in the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 11, the channel is a wireless channel 1112, channel 1108 and 1110 and drawn with solid lines to indicate that they are wired channel (although as required, these channels It may be a wireless channel). 与用户装备设备的通信可以由这些通信通道中的一个或更多提供,但在图11中被显示为单一的通道,以避免使附图过于复杂。 Communication with a user equipment device may be provided by one or more communication channels of one of these, but is shown in FIG. 11 is a single channel, in order to avoid overly complicated drawings.

[0087] 尽管在用户装备设备之间没有画出通信通道,但这些设备可以经由通信通道彼此直接进行通信,所述通信通道例如结合通道1108、1110和1112在以上所描述的通道,以及其他短程点对点通信通道,例如USB电缆、IEEE1394电缆、无线通道(例如,蓝牙、红外线、IEEE 802-llx,等等),或经由有线或无线通道的其他短程通信。 [0087] Although not shown in the communication channel between the user equipment devices, but these devices can directly communicate with each other via a communication channel, said communication channel 1108, 1110 and 1112, for example, in conjunction with the channel in the channel as described above, and other short-range point communication channel, such as a USB cable, IEEE1394 cable, a wireless channel (e.g., Bluetooth, infrared, IEEE 802-llx, etc.), or other short-range communication via wired or wireless channel. BLUETOOTH是BluetoothSIG公司所有的商标。 BLUETOOTH is a trademark BluetoothSIG company. 用户装备设备也可借助通信网络1114通过间接通道而彼此直接进行通信。 User equipment device 1114 can communicate with each other directly through an indirect path via a communication network.

[0088] 系统1100包括分别经由通信通道1120和1122耦合到通信网络1114的网络服务器1116和媒体导引数据源1118。 [0088] System 1100 includes a communication network 1114 are coupled to a network server and a media guide data source 1116 1118 1120 and 1122 via the communication channel. 通道1120和1122可包括结合通道1108、1110和1112而在以上描述的任何的通信通道。 Channel 1120 and channel 1122 may include a combination of any of 1108, 1110 and 1112 in the above description of the communication channel. 与网络服务器1116和媒体导引数据源1118的通信可在一个或更多的通信通道上交换,但在图11中只显示了单一的通道以避免使附图过于复杂。 The communication 1118 may be exchanged with the network server 1116 and the media guide data sources in one or more communication channels, but only a single channel displayed in FIG. 11 in order to avoid overly complicated drawings. 此夕卜,可以有多于一个的网络服务器1116和媒体导引数据源1118中的每一个,但在图11中网络服务器1116和媒体导引数据源1118都只显示了一个,以避免使附图过于复杂。 Bu this evening, there may be more than one network server 1116 and the media guide data source 1118 each, but the network server 1116 in FIG. 11 and a media guide data source 1118 only shows one, is attached in order to avoid Figure overly complicated. (在下面讨论了这些源中的每一个的不同类型。)如果需要,网络服务器1116和媒体导引数据源1118可集成为一个源设备。 (In the following discussion of each of these different types of sources.) If desired, the web server 1116 and the media guide data source 1118 may be integrated into a source device. 尽管源1116和1118与用户装备设备1102、1104和1106之间的通信被显示为通过通信网络1114,但在一些实施方式中,源1116和1118可以经由通信通道(未显示)与用户装备设备1102、1104和1106直接进行通信,所述通信通道例如结合通道1108,1110和1112在以上所描述的通道。 1116 and 1118 although the source of communication between a user equipment device 1106 is shown as 1102, 1104 and 1114 and, in some embodiments, the source 1116 and 1118 via a communication channel (not shown) via a communication network with a user equipment device 1102 , 1104 and 1106 direct communication, the communication channel 1108, 1110 and 1112, for example, binding channel described in the above passage.

[0089] 在线媒体可由网络服务器1116提供。 [0089] The online media server 1116 provided by the network. 网络服务器1116可提供在线媒体提供者的网站(例如电视网网站、娱乐网站、电影网站或集合来自多个源的内容的网站)。 Network server 1116 may provide a website online media providers (such as websites television network sites, entertainment sites, movie website or collection of content from multiple sources). 在线媒体提供者可在主机上存有(host)多种内容(例如,未经删节的电影/电视剧、电影/情节的部分、预告片/预告、演员/导演/制片人访谈、音乐视频、原始的仅在线的内容、网络或节目的推广,等等)。 Online media provider can be there on the host (host) a variety of content (for example, unabridged movie / TV series, part of the movie / episode, trailer / trailer, actor / director / producer interviews, music videos, the original online-only content, network or program promotion, etc.). 在线媒体提供者可以在主机上存有不同类型的媒体(例如流媒体、可下载的媒体、用户生成的媒体、专业生成的媒体,等等)。 There online media provider may different types of media (e.g., streaming media, downloadable media, user-generated media, generating a media professional, etc.) on the host. 提供的在线媒体可本地存储在网络服务器1116或存储在远程媒体服务器中。 Providing online media may be stored locally at the remote media server 1116 or stored on a network server. 除了媒体内容外,网络服务器1116还可为各被提供的媒体存储元数据(例如名称、描述、URL,等等)。 In addition to media content, a media network server 1116 may also be provided for each store metadata (e.g., name, description, URL, etc.).

[0090] 一个或更多的其他媒体源(未显示)也可向用户装备提供媒体内容,并通过一个或更多的通道连接到通信网络,所述一个或更多的通道可包括结合通道1108、1110和1112在上面所描述的任何的通信通道。 [0090] One or more other media source (not shown) may also provide media content to the user equipment, and connected by one or more channels to a communication network, said one or more channels may include a combination of channel 1108 , any of the communication channels 1110 and 1112 described above. 其他媒体源可包括一个或更多类型的媒体分发装备,包括电视分发设施,电缆系统前端(cable system headend)、卫星分发设施、节目编排源(例如电视广播,比如NBC、ABC、ΗΒ0,等等),中间分发设施(intermediate distribut1neq uipment)及/或服务器,点播媒体服务器以及其他媒体内容提供者。 Other media source may include one or more types of media distribution equipment, including television distribution facility, a cable system headend (cable system headend), a satellite distribution facility, programming sources (e.g. television broadcasts, such as NBC, ABC, ΗΒ0, etc. ), intermediate distribution facility (intermediate distribut1neq uipment) and / or servers, on-demand media servers, and other media content providers. NBC是Nat1nalBroadcastingCompany (国家广播公司)所有的商标,ABC是ABC公司(美国广播公司)所有的商标,而HBO是Home Box Office (家庭票房)公司所有的商标。 NBC is a trademark Nat1nalBroadcastingCompany (National Broadcasting Company), ABC is a trademark of ABC Company (ABC), and HBO are all trademarks of Home Box Office (Home Box Office) company. 其他媒体源可以是媒体内容的创作者(例如电视广播公司、网络广播提供者等),或可以不是媒体内容的创作者(例如点播媒体内容的提供者等)。 Other media source can be a creator of media content (such as TV broadcasters, broadcast network providers, etc.), or may not be the creators of media content (such as providers of on-demand media content, etc.). 其他媒体源可包括电缆资料来源、卫星提供者、点播提供者或媒体内容的其他提供者。 Other media sources may include cable sources, satellite providers, on-demand provider or other providers of media content. 其他媒体源也可包括远程媒体服务器,其用于将不同类型的媒体内容(包括用户选择的视频内容)存储在远离于任何的用户装备设备的位置。 Other media sources may also include a remote media server for the different types of media content (including video content selected by the user) stored in a location away from any user equipment device. 用于远程存储媒体内容并向用户装备提供远程存储的媒体内容的系统和方法结合1999年6月11日提交的Ellis等人的第09/332,244号美国专利申请进行了更详细的讨论,该美国专利申请在此通过引用被全部并入。 For remote storage of media content to the user equipment provides systems and methods for remote storage of media content in conjunction with June 11, 1999 filed Ellis et al., No. 09 US Patent Application 332,244 / discussed in more detail, the U.S. Patent application is herein incorporated by reference.

[0091] 媒体导引数据源1118可为媒体导引应用程序提供媒体导引数据。 [0091] The media guide data source 1118 may provide media data to a media guide application guide. 媒体导引数据源1118包括数据存储装置(data store) 1124和1126,并可提供来自任一数据存储装置的导引数据。 Media guide data source 1118 comprises a data storage device (data store) 1124 and 1126, may provide guidance data from any data storage device. 导引数据可包括节目信息,例如节目名称、情节名称、情节概要、编辑评论等,这通常可在,例如TV Guide Magazine (电视指南杂志)或在www.tvguide.com上找到。 Program guide data may include information such as program name, the name of the plot, plot summary, editorial, etc., which often can be, for example, TV Guide Magazine (TV Guide Magazine) or found on www.tvguide.com. 数据存储装置1124和1126可以是一个或更多关系数据库或其他适合的存储机构。 Data storage means 1124 and 1126 may be one or more relational databases or other suitable storage means. 数据存储装置1124和1126可以是本地的(如系统1100所示),或处于远程位置。 The data storage device 1124 and 1126 can be local (e.g., system 1100 illustrated), or at a remote location.

[0092] 数据存储装置1126存储在线可获得或不可获得的媒体导引数据。 [0092] Data storage device 1126 stores media available online or not navigation data obtained. 所存储的媒体导引数据可包括媒体列表、与媒体相关的信息(例如广播时间、播放频道、媒体名称、媒体描述、等级信息(例如家长控制等级、评论家的等级等)、种类或分类信息、演员信息,广播公司或提供者的商标的商标数据等)、媒体格式(例如MPEG)、广告信息(例如文本、图像、媒体选录等)以及有助于用户在期望的媒体选择间导航并定位期望的媒体选择的任何其他类型的导引数据。 The navigation data storage media may include a media list, the media-related information (e.g., broadcast time, broadcast channel, a media name, media descriptions, rating information (e.g., parental control rating, critic's rating, etc.), the type information or classification , actor information, broadcaster or trademarks provider of trademark data, etc.), media formats (eg MPEG), between advertising information (such as text, images, media excerpts, etc.) and helps users select the desired media navigation and positioning any other type of desired media selections navigation data. 数据存储装置1126也可将给相关媒体加附注的标识符存储到数据存储装置1124中。 The data storage device 1126 may also be added to media will note identifier stored in the data storage device 1124.

[0093] 媒体导引数据源1118也可包括数据存储装置1124。 [0093] The media guide data source 1118 may also include a data storage device 1124. 数据存储装置1124存储与在网络服务器1116上可获得的视频相关的信息。 1124 stored in association with the video network server on a data storage device 1116 available information. 数据存储装置1124可存储与来自网络服务器1116的各视频关联的元数据(例如名称、描述、URL等),或可以存储得自元数据的信息。 The data storage device 1124 may store the metadata (e.g., name, description, URL, etc.) associated with each video from the web server 1116, or may store information derived from the metadata. 数据存储装置1124也可存储不是从网络服务器1116提供的元数据(例如输入到数据存储装置1124中的数据、受欢迎的程度、用户生成的标签/关键词等)。 The data storage device 1124 may store the metadata is not provided from the network server 1116 (data storage device 1124 to input e.g., popularity, user-generated tags / keywords, etc.). 数据存储装置1124可以将标识符存储到数据存储装置1126中以指示与从网络服务器1116上找到的视频相关的附加媒体导引数据。 The data storage device 1124 may be stored in the data storage device identifiers 1126 associated with the video to find an indication from the network media server 1116 additional navigation data. 在一些实施方式中,数据存储装置1124存储由网络服务器1116提供的网在线媒体连同关于该媒体的信息。 In some embodiments, the storage device 1124 stores the data provided by the web server 1116 with information about the online media network of the media.

[0094] 媒体导引应用程序数据可使用任何适合的方法提供给用户装备设备。 [0094] The media guidance application data may be provided using any suitable method to a user equipment device. 在一些实施方式中,导引应用程序可以是独立的交互式电视节目指南,其经由数据传送专线(datafeed)(例如连续传送专线(continuous feed)、连续补充式传送专线(trickle feed),或频道的垂直消隐期中的数据)接收节目指南数据。 In some embodiments, the guidance application may be a stand-alone interactive television program guide, via a data transmission line (DataFeed) (e.g. transmission line continuously (continuous feed), supplemented continuous conveyor line (trickle feed), or channel the vertical blanking interval data) received program guide data. 可在电视频道边带上,在电视频道的垂直消隐期间,使用带内数字信号,使用带外数字信号,或通过任何其他适合的数据传输技术,来向用户装备提供节目时间表数据和其他导引数据。 Television channel sideband may, during the vertical blanking interval of the television channel, using an in-band digital signal, using a digital signal band, or to provide program schedule data to the user equipment by any other suitable data transmission techniques and other navigation data. 可在多个模拟或数字电视频道上向用户装备提供节目时间表数据和其他导引数据。 Provide program schedule data and other guidance data to the user equipment on multiple analog or digital television channels. 可以任何适合的频率(例如,连续地、每天地、用户规定的时间段、系统规定的时间段、响应于来自用户装备的请求等)向用户装备提供节目时间表数据和其他导引数据。 It may be any suitable frequency (e.g., continuously, daily, the time period specified by the user, the system prescribed period of time, in response to a request from the user equipment) provides program schedule data and other navigation data to the user equipment. 在一些方法中,可使用客户端-服务器的方法向用户装备提供来自媒体导引数据源1118及/或其他媒体源的导引数据。 In some methods, using client - server approach provides navigation data from a data source 1118 media guide, and / or other media source to the user equipment. 例如,用户装备上存在的导引应用程序客户端可在需要时发起与源1118的会话以便获得导引数据。 For example, a user equipment present on the guide client application may initiate a session with the source 1118 when needed to obtain navigation data. 媒体导引数据源1118可向用户设备装置1102、1104和1106提供媒体导引应用程序本身或用于媒体导引应用程序的软件更新。 Media guide data source 1118 may provide media guidance application to a user equipment devices 1102, 1104 and 1106 for a media guide itself or application software updates.

[0095] 举例来说,媒体导引应用程序可以是在用户装备设备上实现的独立的应用程序。 [0095] For example, media guidance application may be a standalone application implemented on user equipment device. 在其他实施方式中,媒体导引应用程序可以是客户端-服务器应用程序,其中只有客户端存在于用户装备设备上。 In other embodiments, the media guidance application may be a client - server applications where only the client is present on the user equipment device. 例如,媒体导引应用程序可部分地实现为用户装备设备1000的控制线路1011上的客户端应用程序,以及部分地实现为远程服务器上的服务器应用程序(例如媒体导引数据源1118)。 For example, media guidance applications may be partially implemented as a client application on the user equipment device 1011 control line 1000, and partly as a server application (e.g., media guide data source 1118) on a remote server. 导引应用程序显示可由媒体导引数据源1118产生并传输到用户装备设备。 1118 guidance application displays generated and transmitted to the user equipment device may be a media guide data source. 媒体导引数据源1118也可传输数据以便在用户装备上存储,其随后基于由控制电路处理的指令来产生导引应用程序显示。 Media guide data source 1118 may also transmit data for storage on the user equipment, which is then generated based on the application program guide display process instruction control circuit.

[0096] 媒体导引系统1100旨在说明一些方法或网络配置,通过这些方法和网络配置,用户装备设备以及媒体内容和导引数据的源可以相互通信,以便于访问包括互联网传送的内容的媒体以及提供媒体导引。 [0096] Media guidance system 1100 is intended to illustrate some of the methods or network configuration, by these methods, and network configuration, a user equipment device and a source of media content and the guide data may communicate with each other, in order to access the Internet content comprising transmitting a media and providing media guidance. 本发明可应用在这些方法中的任何一种或这些方法的子集中,或者可以应用在使用传送媒体并提供媒体导引的其他方法的系统中。 Or any subset of these methods of the present invention may be used in these methods, or other methods may be applied in a system using a transmission medium and provide the media guide. 下面三种方法提供了对图11的一般化的实例的具体的说明。 The following three methods offer specific example of the generalized description of Figure 11.

[0097] 在一种方法中,用户装备设备可在家庭网络内相互通信。 [0097] In one approach, a user equipment device may communicate with each other in the home network. 用户装备设备可以经由上面描述的短程点对点通信方案,经由通过在家庭网络上提供的集线器或其他类似设备的间接通道,或经由通信网络1114,而直接相互通信。 User equipment device via short-range ad-hoc communication scheme described above, indirectly via passage through a hub or other similar device provided on the home network, or communicate directly with each via a communication network 1114, and. 在单个家庭中的多个个人中的每一个人都可以操作家庭网络上的不同用户装备设备。 Every person in more than a single individual in the family can operate different user equipment devices on the home network. 结果,可能期望不同的媒体导引信息(包括用于互联网传送内容的媒体导引信息或者设置),在不同的用户装备设备之间传递。 As a result, it may be desirable different media guide information (including the Internet for transmitting information or content of the media guide is provided), transmitted between different user equipment device. 例如,用户可期望在家庭网络中的不同用户设备装置上保持一致的媒体导引应用程序设置,就如在2005年7月11日提交的Ellis等人的第11/179,410号美国专利申请中所更加详细描述的。 For example, users can expect consistent on different user equipment devices in the home network media guidance application settings, as No. 11 Ellis et al., US Patent Application 179,410 filed on July 11, 2005 people / as described in more detail. 家庭网络中的不同类型的用户装备设备也可相互通信以传输媒体内容。 Different types of home network of a user equipment device may communicate with each other to transmit media content. 例如,用户可将来自用户计算机装备的在线媒体内容传输给便携式视频播放器或便携式音乐播放器。 Online media content delivery, for example, the user can from the user's computer equipment to a portable video player or portable music player.

[0098] 在第二种方法中,用户可具有多种类型的用户装备,用户通过这些装备访问包括互联网传送的媒体内容的媒体内容,并获得媒体导引。 [0098] In a second approach, the user may have multiple types of user equipment, the media guide is obtained through these user equipment to access media content comprising media content sent over the Internet, and. 例如,一些用户可以具有由家用设备和移动设备访问的家庭网络。 For example, some users may have home networks by the home and mobile devices to access. 用户可以经由在远程设备上执行的媒体导引应用程序控制家用设备。 The user can control the home devices via a media program guide application executing on the remote device. 例如,经由用户办公室的个人电脑,或移动设备(例如PDA或具有网络功能的移动电话),用户可以访问网站上的在线媒体导引应用程序。 For example, via PC or mobile device user's office (such as a PDA or web-enabled mobile phone), users may access an online media guidance application on a website. 用户可以在在线导引应用程序上设定各种设置(例如记录、提醒或其他设置),以控制用户的家用装备。 The user can set the guide line on the application various settings (e.g. records, reminders, or other settings) to control the user's home equipment. 在线导引可直接地控制用户的装备,或通过与用户的家用装备上的媒体导引应用程序进行通信来控制用户的装备。 Wire guide may control the user's equipment directly, or to control the user's equipment by communicating with a media guidance application on the user's home equipment. 用于用户装备设备通信的各种系统和方法(其中用户装备设备处于相互远离的位置)在例如2004年8月26日提交的Ellis等人的第10/927,814号美国专利申请中进行了讨论,该美国专利申请在此通过引用被全部并入。 Various systems and methods for communicating a user equipment device (the device in a position wherein the user equipment apart from each other) is, for example, in U.S. Patent No. 10 927,814 Application Ellis et al., 2004, filed Aug. 26 human / in discussion, U.S. patent application which is herein incorporated by reference.

[0099] 在第三种方法中,在家中和不在家中的用户装备设备的用户能够使用他们的媒体导引应用程序以直接与网络服务器1116或其他媒体内容源进行通信,以便访问互联网传送的内容以及其他媒体内容。 [0099] In the third method, the home user, and the user equipment device is not able to use their home media guidance application to communicate directly with the web server 1116 or other media content sources, content sent over the Internet in order to access and other media content. 具体地,在家中时,用户电视装备1104和用户计算机装备1106的用户可访问媒体导引应用程序以在期望的媒体内容之间导航并定位期望的媒体内容。 Specifically, at home, the user television equipment and user computer equipment 1104 1106 users may access the media guidance application to the desired media content between navigation and locate desired media content. 用户也可在不在家时使用无线用户通信设备1106访问媒体导引应用程序,以在期望的媒体内容之间导航并定位期望的媒体内容。 The user can also use the wireless communication device user to access the media guide application 1106 when not at home, in order to navigate among and locate a desired media content desired media content.

[0100] 应认识到,尽管对媒体内容的讨论集中在了视频内容上,但媒体导引的原理也可被应用到其他类型的媒体内容,例如应用到音乐、图像,等等。 [0100] should be recognized that while the discussion of media content focused on video content, but the media guiding principles can also be applied to other types of media content, such as applied to music, images, and so on.

[0101] 图12中显示了媒体导引数据源1118的一个实施方式的更详细的视图。 [0101] FIG. 12 shows a more detailed view of the media guide of one embodiment of a data source 1118. 除数据存储装置1124和1126之外,媒体导引数据源1118还可包含网络爬虫(web crawler)设备1202和网络服务器1204。 In addition to the data storage means 1124 and 1126, the media source 1118 may also include navigation data crawler (web crawler) 1204 and a network server device 1202. 网络爬虫设备1202和网络服务器1204每一个都可包括一个或更多的处理电路1214和1208以及存储器1216和1210。 Crawler device 1202 and the network server 1204 may each include one or more processing circuits 1214 and 1208, and memory 1216 and 1210. 它们可包括结合图10在上面描述的用户装备设备的任何的特征和组件。 They may include a combination of any features and components of a user equipment device of FIG. 10 described above. 它们另外可包括任何电路或存储的软件(例如数据库驱动程序、网络爬虫设备应用程序、网络服务器应用程序等)。 They may additionally comprise any circuit or stored software (e.g., database drivers, web crawler device application, web server application, etc.). 网络爬虫设备1202和网络服务器1204通过I/O通道1210、1218、1220和1222与数据存储装置1124和1126进行交互。 Crawler device 1202 and server 1204 interact through a network I / O channels 1210,1218,1220, and 1222 with the data storage device 1124 and 1126. 网络爬虫设备1202和网络服务器1204通过I/O通道1206和1212与通信网络1114通信,I/O 通道1206 和1212 在图11 中统称为链接1122。 Crawler device 1202 and the server 1204 via the network I / O channels 1206 and 1212 communicate with the communication network 1114, I / O channels 1206 and 1212 are collectively referred to as links in FIG 111,122. I/O 通道1206、1210、1212、1218、1220和1222可以是结合1108、1116和1112在上面描述的任何适合的通信通道。 I / O channels 1206,1210,1212,1218,1220 and 1108,1116 and 1222 may be combined in any suitable communication channel 1112 described above. 尽管网络爬虫设备1202和网络服务器1204被显示成分离的实体,但它们的功能可由单个部件来实现。 While the crawler device 1202 and the network server 1204 is shown as separate entities, but their functions may be implemented a single component.

[0102] 在一典型的环境中,网络爬虫设备1202获得在线媒体信息(例如,元数据),以及在一些实施方式中,其获得在网络服务器1116上最初提供的网络媒体内容。 [0102] In a typical environment, the web crawler device 1202 for online media information (e.g., metadata), and in some embodiments, the network obtains the media content on a web server 1116 initially provided. 也就是,网络爬虫设备1202获取关于在互联网上可获得的在线媒体的信息。 That is, the web crawler device 1202 on the Internet to get information about the available online media. 在图12中,在链接1206和网络服务器1116之间显示虚线以表明网络爬虫设备1202从网络服务器1116直接请求媒体和媒体信息。 In Figure 12, the link between the network server 1206 and the dashed line 1116 to indicate that the web crawler device 1202 requests the media and the media information from the network server 1116 directly. 网络爬虫设备1202可随后将关于可获得的在线媒体的信息存储在数据存储装置1124中。 Web crawler device 1202 may then be available on-line media information stored in the data storage device 1124. 这样做的话,网络爬虫设备1202可以从数据存储装置1124访问、取回(retrieve)、添加、更新或移除数据。 To do so, the web crawler device 1202 can be accessed from the data storage means 1124, retrieving (Retrieve), add, update, or remove data. 网络爬虫设备1202可将网络服务器1116上的信息存储在存储器1210中。 Web crawler device 1202 may store the information in memory 1210 in a server 1116 on the network. 因此,网络爬虫设备1202可以将捕获的信息直接存储在数据存储装置1124中,或者可以首先使用数据存储装置1126及/或存储器1210中的相关数据处理捕获的ig息。 Thus, information is stored directly web crawler device 1202 may be captured in a data storage device 1124, or may first ig holographic data storage device 1126 and / or memory 1210 to process the captured data.

[0103] 在一典型的环境中,网络服务器1204可从数据存储装置1124和1126访问或取回数据。 [0103] In a typical environment, the network access server 1204 may retrieve data from, or data storage device 1124 and 1126. 网络服务器1204可以使用来自数据存储装置中任一个或两个的取回的数据,来为媒体导引应用程序提供媒体导引应用程序数据。 Network server 1204 may be used to retrieve data from a data storage device according to any one or two of the, to provide a media guide application data is a media guide application. 网络服务器1204可以将用户个性化数据(例如用户简介)存储在存储器1216中,以及存储用于准备显示及/或数据的任何其他适合的信息。 Network server 1204 may be personalized user data (e.g. user profiles) in the memory 1216, and a storage preparation for display and / or any other suitable data storage information. 网络服务器1204可使用结合图11在上面描述的任何的方法,通过I/O链接1212提供数据。 Network server 1204 may use any of the methods described above in conjunction with FIG. 11, the data provided by the I / O link 1212. 例如,取决于用户装备及/或导引应用程序的类型,网络服务器1204可以发送原始数据、处理后的数据,或可准备显示。 For example, depending on the user equipment and / or guide type application, the network server 1204 may transmit raw data, processed data, or to be displayed.

[0104] 图13中的系统1300是媒体导引数据源1118的另一个说明性的实施方式。 System 1300 [0104] FIG. 13 is a media guide data source 1118 to another illustrative embodiment of FIG. 图13包括图12的组件,但还包括数据管理器用户装备1302,编辑用户装备1310,以及编辑精选数据存储装置1308。 Assembly 13 includes FIG. 12, but further includes a data manager user equipment 1302, user equipment 1310 editing, selection and editing data storage device 1308.

[0105] 数据管理器用户装备1302可包括处理电路1304和存储器1306。 [0105] Data Manager user equipment 1302 may include a processing circuit 1304 and a memory 1306. 数据管理器用户装备可以是用户装备设备1102、1104或1106中的一个。 Data manager user equipment may be user equipment device a 1102, 1104 or 1106. 数据管理器用户装备1302可包括用户装备设备中的任何或所有的组件。 Data manager user equipment 1302 may include any or all of the components of a user equipment device. 在图13中,数据管理器用户装备1302本地于数据存储装置1124,且可通过结合I/O通道1108、1116和1112所描述的任何通道而与数据存储装置1124通信。 In Figure 13, the data manager user equipment to the local data storage means 1302 1124, and may be in conjunction with I / O channels any channel 1108,1116 and 1112 communicate with the described data storage device 1124. 在一些实施方式中,数据管理器用户装备是远离于系统1300的标准用户装备(例如膝上型电脑、移动设备等),且数据管理器可登录以通过网络爬虫设备1202或网络服务器1204获得访问权限。 In some embodiments, the data manager is remote from the user equipment to user equipment 1300 system standard (such as a laptop, mobile device, etc.), and the data manager may log in to a network or web crawler device 1202 to gain access server 1204 authority. 一般在系统1300中有多于一个的数据管理器用户装备,但只显示了一个,以避免使附图过于复杂。 Usually there is more than one data manager user equipment in the system 1300, but only one, in order to avoid overly complicated drawings.

[0106] 在一典型的使用环境中,数据管理器可使用数据管理器用户装备来访问、取回、添加、移除或更新数据存储装置1124中的项目。 [0106] In a typical use environment, the data manager may use the data manager user equipment to access, retrieve, add, remove, or update data items in the storage apparatus 1124. 数据管理器可改正关于在线视频的错误信息,移除变得不可获得的视频,添加在线媒体信息及/或在线媒体内容,添加与数据存储装置1126中的项目相关的标签,或添加网络爬虫设备1202和网络服务器1204可使用的任何信息。 Data Manager can correct the error information about the online video, remove video becomes unavailable, add information online media and / or online media content, add data storage device associated with the label of an item in 1126, or add a web crawler equipment 1202 and 1204 network servers any information that can be used. 例如,数据管理器可标记某些网络服务器1116,这样任何来自这些标记过的网络服务器的列表被在列表中突出。 For example, data manager 1116 may mark certain web server, so that a list of these labeled from any network server is highlighted in the list.

[0107] 编辑精选数据存储装置1308可以是一个或更多的关系数据库或其他适合的存储机构。 [0107] Editor's data storage device 1308 may be one or more relational databases or other suitable storage means. 编辑精选数据库1308可包含用于每个编辑的独立的存储空间。 Editor's Choice 1308 database may include separate storage space for each edit. 编辑精选数据库1308可包含用于单个在线媒体的编辑偏好指定。 Editor's Choice 1308 database may contain edit preferences for a single online media specified. 此外,编辑精选数据库1304可包含用于每个编辑的热站列表,其中热站列表是编辑喜爱或偏好的媒体的列表。 In addition, selection of editing database 1304 may comprise a listing for each heat editing station, wherein the heat station list is a list of preferences or edit a favorite media. 对于编辑精选数据库1308中的每个编辑偏好指定,编辑精选数据库1308都可将链接存储到数据存储装置1124和1126中。 Picks for editing database 1308 for each editing preferences specified edit selection database 1308 may be linked to the data stored in the storage means 1124 and 1126. 所述链接可在为媒体导引应用程序产生显示或收集数据时被网络服务器1204使用。 The link 1204 can be used in generating a network server to collect data for display or media guide application. 在一些实施方式中,编辑精选数据存储装置1308是网络服务器1204中存储器1216的部分。 In some embodiments, the edit selection data storage means 1308 is part of the network server 1204 in the memory 1216.

[0108] 编辑用户装备1310可包括处理电路1312和存储器1314。 [0108] Edit user equipment 1310 may include a processing circuit 1312 and a memory 1314. 编辑用户装备1310可包括结合数据管理器用户装备1302讨论的特征及/或组件。 Edit User equipment 1310 may include a user equipment in conjunction with a data manager 1302 discussed features and / or components. 编辑用户装备可通过结合I/O通道1108、1116和1112描述的任何通道,远程地或本地地与编辑精选数据存储装置1308进行通信。 The user equipment may edit O channels 1108,1116 and 1112 any channel, remotely or locally selection and editing of the data storage device 1308 described in conjunction with a communication I /. 在一些实施方式中,编辑用户装备可访问网络服务器1214中的存储器1216的一部分,且编辑偏好指定可存储在存储器1216中。 In some embodiments, the user equipment may edit part of a network access server 1214 in the memory 1216, and the specified editing preferences may be stored in the memory 1216. 在一典型的使用环境中,编辑可以类似于用户将媒体输入我的收藏列表的方式(见图5),输入偏好指定。 In a typical environment of use, similar to the user can edit the media input mode my favorites list (see Figure 5), input preferences specified. 一般在系统1300中有多于一个的编辑器用户装备,但只显示了一个,以避免使附图过于复杂。 Usually more than one editor user equipment in the system 1300, but only one, in order to avoid overly complicated drawings.

[0109] 在本发明中,在线媒体导引应用程序可选定视频集,并且关于选定视频的信息可显示给用户。 [0109] In the present invention, an online media guidance application may be selected video set, and information on the selected video can be displayed to the user. 图14中显示了获得并提供媒体导引数据所涉及的说明性步骤的流程图1400。 Figure 14 shows a flow chart of illustrative steps 1400 to obtain and provide the media guide data involved. 在步骤1402,识别并访问来自一个或更多的在线媒体提供者(例如网络服务器1116)的在线视频。 In step 1402, the identification and access online video from one or more online media provider (e.g., a network server 1116) is. 用于各被识别的视频的信息可从在线媒体提供者获得。 Each video information for the identified available from the online media providers. 在一些实施方式中,多个互联网站点(internet site)被爬行(crawl),且相应于可获得的视频的元数据被从互联网站点挖出(scrape)。 In some embodiments, the plurality of Internet sites (internet site) crawled (crawl), and the corresponding metadata to a video obtained excavated (scraping without) from the Internet site. 互联网站点可包括在线媒体提供者的网站。 Internet sites may include websites online media providers. 视频元数据可包括视频名称、描述、视频URL、源名称、源URL、种类、节目类型(例如,选录、未经删节的情节、仅在线可用、电影预告)、屏幕截图/缩略图、视频中的演员、运行时间、角色名称、视频格式(例如REAL、WMV、Flash、Quicktime等),有效/失效日期、流出/下载、DRM、价格以及分辨率(例如,全屏幕、320X240等)。 Video metadata may include video name, description, video URL, source name, source URL, type, program type (for example, excerpts, unabridged plot, only available online, movie trailers), screenshots / thumbnails, video actors, run time, the role name, video format (eg REAL, WMV, Flash, Quicktime, etc.), effective / expiration date, outflow / download, DRM, price and resolution (for example, full-screen, 320X240, etc.).

[0110] 在步骤1404,用于各被识别的视频的收集到的元数据可被存储(例如在数据存储装置1124中)。 Metadata [0110] In step 1404, for each identified video collection to be stored may (e.g., in the data storage means 1124). 另外,除了收集到的元数据外,也可存储没有从媒体提供者获得的其他元数据(例如,由数据管理器添加的关键词或标签(例如来自于数据管理器用户装备1310)、用户等级、受欢迎的程度、互联网上找到视频的日期、编辑偏好指定,可修改的内容数据等)。 Further, in addition to the collected metadata, it may be stored no other metadata (e.g., data manager by adding keywords or tags (e.g., data from the user equipment manager 1310) were obtained from the media, the user level , popularity, date to find the videos on the Internet, editing preference is specified, you can modify the content data, etc.). 存储的元数据可以持续地、以固定或变化的时间间隔更新,或可以完全不更新。 Metadata can be stored continuously, in fixed or varying time intervals to update, or may not be completely updated. 在一些实施方式中,也存储被识别的在线视频本身(例如实际的视频文件/选录/资料(asset))。 In some embodiments, the store also recognized online video itself (such as the actual video file / excerpt / data (asset)).

[0111] 在步骤1406,用于视频中的每一个视频的元数据可以与媒体导引数据关联,其中媒体导引数据可存储在媒体导引数据库中。 [0111] In step 1406, the metadata for each video in the video data may be associated with the media guide, wherein the media guide data may be stored in the media guide database. 关联可基于比较视频元数据与媒体导引数据库(例如数据存储装置1126)中的元数据来确定,或者关联可通过数据管理器添加。 It may be associated with the video metadata based on the comparison with the media guide database (e.g., data storage device 1126) to determine metadata, or may be added through the associated data manager. 在一些实施方式中,收集到的元数据中的一些元数据用于与媒体导引数据建立关联,且在步骤1404没有实际被存储。 In some embodiments, the metadata is collected in some of the metadata associated with the media used to guide data, and is not actually stored in step 1404. 又在其他实施方式中,可存储关联度,而不是只存储关联。 In yet other embodiments, the degree of association may be stored, rather than just associated memory. 例如,可比较元数据,并且可给予匹配大部分元数据的在线视频较高的关联度。 For example, the metadata may be compared, and may be given a higher matching most online video metadata of association.

[0112] 在步骤1406,各视频可与媒体导引数据库中一个或更多的项目关联。 [0112] In step 1406, each with a video media guide may be a database or more associated items. 例如,用于电视剧的视频的元数据可与关于电视节目、电视剧、节目中的演员、电视网络或任何对电视剧或节目作评论的编辑的导引数据关联。 For example, the video's metadata can be associated with a TV show on a television program guide data, the TV series, the show's actors, television network or any editing of TV programs or to comment on the. 通过存储视频元数据与来自媒体导引数据库的标签来进行关联。 Tag to be associated with the media guide from the database by storing the video metadata. 可选地,存储的元数据和媒体导引数据之间的关联或链接可被远程地保存。 Alternatively, association or link between the media and metadata stored in the navigation data may be stored remotely.

[0113] 在步骤1408,可选择视频的子集。 [0113] In step 1408, a subset of the selectable video. 所述子集可基于编辑的偏好指定(例如根据编辑精选数据库1308)或基于用户个性化数据而自动选定。 The subset may be based on the specified editing preferences (e.g., database 1308 according to the editing Picks) or automatically selected based on user personalization data. 用户个性化数据可从监测用户行为、从用户简介或从用户进行的明确指定(见图6)而获得。 Users can personalize data, obtained from the monitoring user behavior from the user profile or from the explicitly specified user (see Figure 6). 视频集也可基于例如视频受欢迎的程度或新度这样的标准(见图2的列206)而自动选定。 Video Set may also be based, for example, a standard video popularity of such new or automatically selected (see the row 2062).

[0114] 在步骤1408,可响应于接收用户命令而选择视频的子集。 [0114] In step 1408, in response to receiving a user command to select a subset of the video. 用户可输入一个或更多的搜索术语或关键词(例如在搜索条224中),并且可基于关键词和储存的与各视频关联的元数据的比较而确定视频的子集。 The user may enter one or more search terms or keywords (e.g., in the search bar 224), and may determine the subset of video based on the comparison keyword metadata associated with each video and storage. 用户可选择感兴趣的特定的标准单元(例如种类、节目、频道、选录长度等)(例如使用图2的列202)。 Certain standard units (such as the kind, programs, channels, excerpt length, etc.) (e.g., using column 202 of FIG. 2) of interest to the user selectable. 视频的子集可以是符合标准的子集,且可基于检查储存的元数据来确定。 The subset of video standard may be a subset of, and may be determined based on the metadata stored check.

[0115] 存在与媒体导引数据和在线视频都关联的元数据。 [0115] the presence of metadata associated with the media guide data and online video. 因此,可通过比较搜索术语或其他标准与任一元数据的源而确定视频的子集。 Accordingly, the subset of video may be determined by comparing the search terms or other criteria and any of metadata sources. 在一个实施方式中,搜索术语及/或其他标准单元与媒体导引应用程序的元数据比较。 In one embodiment, the search term / or other standard cell and comparing the metadata of the media guide application. 该比较返回相关的媒体导引数据。 The comparison returns the associated navigation data media. 因为有将媒体导引数据链接到相关网络视频的关联,所以可确定视频的子集。 The media guide because of the link associated with the relevant data to the video network, it is possible to determine a subset of the video. 在本发明的另一个实施方式中,基于搜索关键词及/或其他标准与视频的元数据的比较而确定视频的子集。 In another embodiment of the present invention, based on the search keyword of meta data and compare / or other video standards and determine the subset of video. 决定于收集到的元数据是怎样存储的、用于各收集到的视频的元数据量以及关联是怎样建立的,两种技术可以返回或可以不返回相同的视频子集。 Collecting metadata to decide how the stored amount of data and associated metadata for each collector is how to build the video, or both techniques may return video may not return the same subset.

[0116] 在一些实施方式中,媒体导引数据库不止包括媒体导引数据。 [0116] In some embodiments, the media comprises a media guide not only the navigation data database. 媒体导引数据库还包括媒体,例如视频媒体。 A media database further comprising a media guide, for example, video media. 在这种情况下,在步骤1408中识别的视频的子集可包括来自互联网的识别的视频及/或存储在媒体导引数据库中的视频。 In this case, the subset identified in step 1408 may include video video recognition of video from the Internet and / or stored in the media guide database.

[0117] 在步骤1410产生指示视频子集中的每个视频的显示。 [0117] 1410 generates a display indicating a video of each video subset at step. 子集中每个视频的显示包括来自导引应用程序数据库的导引应用程序数据。 Each subset comprises a video display guide data from program guide application application database. 基于在1406生成的关联,确定导引应用程序数据。 In 1406 generated based on association, determining guidance application data. 显示也可包括一些或全部的收集到的及/或产生的视频元数据(例如在图3的文本框308中,在图4的列400中,如图5中的关键词512等)。 Display may also include some or all of the collected and / or video generated metadata (e.g., a text box 308 in FIG. 3, FIG. 4 in the column 400, keyword 512 in FIG. 5, etc.). 在一些实施方式中,显示为镶嵌图案,其中子集中的各视频由至少一个图形标识符(例如来自视频的静态图像)表示。 In some embodiments, the display is a mosaic pattern, wherein each subset of video represented by at least one pattern identifier (e.g., a still image from a video). 在其他实施方式中,显示可以是纯文本。 In other embodiments, the display can be plain text. 另外,显示的媒体列表可指示各列表的关联性,其中可基于数据管理器的指示(见图13)或在步骤1406列表与媒体导引数据关联时评定的关联度而确定关联。 Further, the display media list may indicate the relevance of each list, which may be based on the instruction data manager (see FIG. 13) or associated Evaluation at step 1406 is associated with a list of media data and determine the associated guide.

[0118] 在一些实施方式中,在线媒体导引应用程序可将用户指引到该用户感兴趣的媒体内容。 [0118] In certain embodiments, the online media guidance application may be directed to the user of media content of interest to the user. 图15的流程图1500显示了用于提供这样的特征的说明性的步骤。 15 is a flowchart 1500 shows an illustrative procedure for providing such features. 基于在图14中的步骤1404至1406讨论的策略可获得并处理在线媒体信息。 In step strategy based on 14 1404-1406 to discuss the availability of online media and process information. 在步骤1502可使用在步骤1408中讨论的任何的技术来识别视频的子集,包括基于用户个性化数据、编辑的偏好指定、用户输入的搜索术语(例如在图2的搜索条224中)或用户选择的标准单元(例如在图2的左列202中)选定视频。 In step 1502 may use a subset of any technique 1408 discussed steps to identify video, including based on user personalization data, preferences specified search terms (e.g., in FIG seekbar 2 224) or input by the user to edit standard cell selected by the user (e.g., 202 in the left column in FIG. 2) of the selected video. 在步骤1504,使用来自被识别的视频中的每一个视频的帧来产生显示。 In step 1504, using the identified frames from a video in each video to produce the display. 显示可类似于显示在图2中的显示屏200。 Similar to the display screen can be displayed in 200 of FIG. 在步骤1506,在线媒体导引应用程序接收用户对帧的选择。 In step 1506, the online media guidance application receives a user selection of a frame. 基于该选择,在步骤1508,导引应用程序将用户指引到提供被选择的媒体内容的网站。 Based on the selection, at step 1508, the guide directs the user to the application providing site selected media content. 网站可以在覆盖图、导引应用程序中的框内提供,或可以显示在整个屏幕上。 Site can be provided in an overlay frame guide application, or may be displayed on the entire screen.

[0119] 依据本发明的原理,基于用户对可选择的标准单元的选择,视频集可以被识别,并被进一步提炼。 [0119] accordance with the principles of the present invention, based on a user selection of the selectable standard cell, video set can be identified, and further refined. 图16的流程图1600示出了这样的过程。 FIG 16 is a flowchart 1600 illustrates such a process. 基于在步骤1404至1406讨论的策略可获得并处理在线媒体信息。 Policy-based steps 1404-1406 discussed the availability of online media and process information. 在步骤1602,标准单元(例如动作/冒险、新闻、ABC、喜剧中心等)可显示给用户,例如在图2的窗214中显示给用户。 May be displayed to the user at step 1602, the standard cells (e.g., action / adventure, news, ABC, Comedy Central, etc.), for example, the window 214 of FIG. 2 to the user. 在一些实施方式中,可选择的标准单元可以是预定的总被显示的标准单元的集合。 In some embodiments, the standard cell may be a selectable set of predetermined standard cell is always displayed. 在其他实施方式中,可选择的标准单元可只包括符合在步骤1402从互联网识别的媒体的标准单元。 In other embodiments, the select unit may include only criteria in step 1402 in line with the standard Internet unit identification media.

[0120] 在步骤1604,媒体导引应用程序接收可选择的标准单元中的一个的用户指示。 [0120] In step 1604, the standard cells received media guide application in a selectable user indication. 基于被选择的标准单元,在步骤1606选择被识别的媒体的子集。 Based on the selected standard cell subset identified in step 1606 selection medium. 因为被选择的标准单元是用户选定的第一个标准,因此子集只基于此被选择的标准单元而选定。 Because the standard unit is selected by the user is selected by the first standard, based on only a subset of the standard cell is selected and this selected. 然而,如果其他选择的标准单元已被接收到,则可基于所有被选择的标准单元中的一个或更多个来选定视频的子集。 However, other selection criteria if the unit has been received, the video may be selected subset based on all standard cells selected in one or more. 可基于结合图14的步骤1408在上面描述的任何的策略来选定被识别的视频的子集。 Selected subset may be identified based on any video in conjunction with the policy step 1408 of FIG. 14 described above.

[0121] 在视频的子集被选定后,在步骤1410可产生指示子集中的各视频的显示,例如在图2的镶嵌图案208中产生所述显示。 [0121] After the subset of video is selected, at step 1410 may be generated for each display video indicates the subset, for example, is generated in the mosaic display 208 of FIG. 此步骤可使用结合图14讨论的任何的技术来进行。 This step may be used in conjunction with any of the techniques discussed in FIG. 14 is performed. 媒体导引应用程序可随后在1604接收用户对另一个可选择的标准单元的选择。 Then the media guide application may receive a user selection of another selectable standard cell 1604. 这将在步骤1606提炼选定的视频的子集,以及改变的子集将反映在步骤1410产生的显示中。 This subset in step 1606 to extract the selected video, as well as a subset of the change will be reflected in the display generated in step 1410.

[0122] 在一些实施方式中,导引应用程序可显示集合成各分类的可选择的标准单元。 [0122] In some embodiments, the guidance application may display selectable set each classification standard cell synthesis. 基于用户选择,用户感兴趣的视频可以被识别,且显示的标准单元可相应地被更新。 Based on user selection, video interest to the user can be identified, and a standard display unit may be updated accordingly. 因此被识别的视频可不仅取决于选择了哪些标准单元,还取决于什么分类选择了标准单元。 Can thus identified video standard which depends not only on the selected unit is further selected depending on what classification standard cell. 图17的流程图1700是依据本发明的原理的说明性的流程图。 FIG 17 is a flowchart 1700 of an illustrative flowchart accordance with the principles of the present invention. 如将在下面所详细描述的,流程图1700可采取多种实施方式。 As will be described in detail below, flowchart 1700 can take various embodiments.

[0123] 在流程图1700的一个实施方式中,被识别的视频集只取决于最新选择的标准单元。 [0123] In one embodiment, flowchart 1700, the identified video set depends only on the newly selected standard cell. 当用户最初进入导引应用程序时,在步骤1702,多个分类被显示给用户。 When the user initially enters the application guide, in step 1702, the plurality of classification are displayed to the user. 举例来说,分类可以是种类、频道、节目和热站列表(见图2的列202)。 For example, classification can be the type, channel, program, and a thermal station list (see FIG. 2 column 202). 此外,分类之一可以默认为被选择的阶段(stage),其中分类中标准单元的窗口被显示。 In addition, one stage of classification can be selected by default (Stage), where a standard cell classification window is displayed. 在一些实施方式中,用于被选择的分类的标准单元仅在数据库中的至少一个视频符合该标准单元时才被显示。 In some embodiments, the criteria for the classification of the selected cell only the at least one video in the database matches the standard cell when displayed.

[0124] 当在步骤1704接收用户的选择时,如果该选择是被选择的分类中的标准单元(例如图2中的标准单元212),则在步骤1706识别符合被选择的标准的视频。 [0124] Upon receiving the user's selection at step 1704, if the selected classification are selected in standard cells (e.g. in the standard cell 212 of FIG. 2), then in step 1706 the selected identification match standard video. 视频可基于结合图14讨论的任何的策略而被识别。 Video may be identified based on any policies 14 discussed in conjunction with FIG. 被识别的视频可显示在镶嵌图案中,例如显示在图2的显示屏200中。 Identified video may be displayed in the mosaic, for example, shown in FIG. 2 display screen 200. 媒体导引应用程序可随后接收用户对当前分类中另一个标准的选择或接收对不同分类的选择(步骤1704)。 Media guide application may then receive this user category selection or another criterion for receiving a selection of different categories (step 1704).

[0125] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果该选择是不同于当前所选择的分类的分类,则在步骤1708,关闭相应于当前所选择的分类的可选择的标准单元的窗口。 [0125] When receiving a user selection at step 1704, if the selection is different from the currently selected classification categories, then at step 1708 to close the window corresponding to the class of the currently selected cell selectable criteria. 在步骤1710呈现新的窗口,而相应于新选分类的可选择的标准单元显示在新的窗口中。 In step 1710 presenting a new window, and the classification corresponding to the new alternative selected standard display unit in a new window. 窗口可直接位于分类下方以显示窗口相应于该分类。 It can be located directly below the window to display the classification corresponding to the classification window. 用户界面可随后接收用户对新选分类中的标准单元的选择,或接收对不同分类的选择(步骤1704)。 The user interface may then receive a user selection of a new cell is selected from the classification criteria, or receiving a selection of different categories (step 1704).

[0126] 在流程图1700的另一个实施方式中,媒体导引应用程序可记录被选择的标准单元,并使用各选择的标准单元来缩小被识别的视频的范围。 [0126] In another embodiment, flowchart 1700, the media guidance application may record the selected standard cells, using standard cells in each selected to narrow the identified video. 当用户最初进入导引应用程序时,在步骤1702向用户显示多个分类。 When the user initially enters the application guide, in step 1702 displays a plurality of classification to the user. 例如,分类可以是种类、频道、节目和热站列表(见图2的列202)。 For example, classification can be the type, channel, program, and a thermal station list (see FIG. 2 column 202). 此外,分类之一可以默认为被选择的阶段,其中分类中标准单元的窗口被显不O In addition, classification may default to one of the selected phase, wherein the standard cell classification window is not significantly O

[0127] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果选择是被选择的分类内的标准单元,则符合被选择的标准和所有之前选择的标准的视频被识别(步骤1706)。 [0127] When receiving a user selection in step 1704, if the cell selection criterion in the classification is selected, the selected criteria and meet all the criteria previously selected video is identified (step 1706). 因为选择标准单元添加了所有被识别的视频必须符合的条件,所以选择标准单元缩小视频集并减少被识别的视频的数量。 Because the added standard cell selection conditions for all recognized video must meet, so the selection criteria reduction unit reduces the number of video set and the identified video. 举例来说,见对图8B和8C的列800B和800C的讨论,其中被识别的视频集从139个(图8B中的822)减少到30个(图8C中的824)。 For example, see the discussion of FIGS. 8B and 8C columns 800B and 800C in which the identified video set is reduced from 139 (822 in FIG. 8B) to 30 (824 in FIG. 8C). 当从一个或更多的分类选择多个标准单元时,被识别的视频满足布尔表达式: When a plurality of standard cells selected from one or more categories, the identified video satisfies the Boolean expression:

[0128] (SCl与(AND) SC2与...与新选标准),其中“SCX”代表“选择的标准V,。可选地,可使用其他适合的多个选择标准方案,例如属于多个选择标准中的任何一个的所有被识别的视频的包括(inclusive)选择;被识别的视频可满足布尔表达式: [0128] (SCl and (AND) SC2 ... with the new selection criteria), wherein "an SCX" stands for "select standard V ,. Alternatively, other schemes for a plurality of selection criteria, such as belonging to multiple selection criteria to any one of all the identified video comprises (Inclusive) selection; the identified video satisfy Boolean expression:

[0129] (SCl或(OR) SC2或...或新选标准),其中“SCX”代表“选择的标准X”。 [0129] (SCl or (OR) SC2 or ... or new selection criteria), wherein "an SCX" stands for "standard X selection."

[0130] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果选择是“关闭”先前选择的标准单元的指示(例如通过选择显示屏200的按钮220),则取消对相应于关闭指示的标准的选择(步骤1712) ο这样,在步骤1714,被识别的视频的集合扩大以包括符合剩余的选择的标准单元但不符合被取消选择的标准单元的所有视频。 [0130] When receiving a user selection in step 1704, if the choice is "Off" indicating the standard cell previously selected (e.g., by selecting the screen button 220 200), corresponding to the selection is canceled off indication standard (step 1712) ο Thus, at step 1714, the identified set expanded video in the video standards that meet all the remaining selected cells but do not meet the criteria of the cell is deselected.

[0131] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果选择是不同于当前选择的分类的分类,则在步骤1708,可关闭相应于当前选择的分类的窗口(例如图SB的窗口814)。 [0131] Upon receiving a user selection at step 1704, if the selected classification is different from the currently selected categories, then at step 1708, corresponding to the class may be closed currently selected window (e.g. window 814 of FIG. SB). 新窗口被呈现(例如图SC的窗口826),并且相应于新选分类的可选择的标准单元显示在新窗口中(步骤1710)。 The new window is presented (e.g. a window 826 in FIG. SC), and corresponding to the new alternative selected classification standard display unit in a new window (step 1710). 可选择的标准单元可包括如果被选择则将产生至少一个被识别的视频的标准单元。 Alternatively, if the standard unit may be selected include at least one identified video will be generated standard cells. 也就是,如果存在符合标准单元以及所有先前选择的标准单元的可获得的视频,则可显示新选分类中的可选择的标准单元。 That is, if the available video standard units as well as all standard cells previously selected exist, you can choose to display the new category of alternative standard cell.

[0132] 类似地,当在1704用户选择标准单元时,连同在步骤1706减少被识别的视频,也可减少分类中剩余的可选择的标准单元。 [0132] Similarly, when the user selection criteria unit 1704, in step 1706 along with reducing the identified video, can also reduce the remaining selectable classification standard cells. 也就是,在缩小被识别的视频集后,如果在缩小的集合中没有同时符合可选择的标准单元的视频,则可选择的标准单元可从列表移除。 That is, the reduction of the identified video set, while if not meet the criteria selectable video unit in a reduced set of standard cells can be removed from the list may be selected.

[0133] 在流程图1700的另一个实施方式中,选择多个标准单元可扩大被识别的视频的集合。 [0133] In another embodiment, flowchart 1700, selecting a plurality of standard cells may be expanded to identify a set of video. 当用户最初进入导引应用程序时,在步骤1702,媒体导引应用程序可显示多个分类。 When the user initially enters the application guide, in step 1702, the media guidance application may display a plurality of classification. 例如,分类可以是种类、频道、节目和热站列表。 For example, the classification can be kind, channels, programs, and thermal station list. 此外,分类之一可默认为被选择的阶段,其中分类中标准单元的窗口被显示。 In addition, classification may default to one of the selected phase, wherein the standard cell classification window is displayed.

[0134] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果选择是被选择的分类中的标准单元,则识别视频集,其中各视频符合(I)被选择的标准单元或相同分类的任何的先前选择的标准单元,以及(2)具有至少一个选择的标准单元的其他分类中的每一个分类中的至少一个选择的标准单元(步骤1706)。 [0134] When in step 1704 receiving a user selection, if the option is selected categories in the standard cell is identified video set, wherein each video line with any of (I) the standard cell is selected or identical classification previously selected standard cells, and a standard cell (step 1706) (2) other classification criteria having at least one unit selected in each of at least one category selected. 视频集可被扩大以包括只符合分类中新选标准单元且不符合先前选择的标准单元的视频。 Video Set may be expanded to include the newly selected category is only compatible with standard video units do not meet the criteria previously selected cell. 举例来说,见对图9A和9C的列900A和900B的讨论,其中被识别的视频集从139个(图9A中的902)扩大到627个(图9B中的904)。 For example, see the discussion of FIGS. 9A and 9C columns 900A and 900B, wherein the identified video set expanded from 139 (902 in FIG. 9A) to 627 (904 in FIG. 9B). 因此,当从一个或更多的分类选择多个标准单元时,被识别的视频满足布尔表达式: Accordingly, when the plurality of standard cells selected from one or more categories, the identified video satisfies the Boolean expression:

[0135] (SCI分类!或(OR)...或SCN分类!)与(SCI分类2或…或SCN分类2)...,其中“SCX分类/'表示“分类Y中选择的标准X”。 [0135] (SCI classification! Or (OR), or SCN classification ...!) And (SCI Category 2 or Category 2 or SCN ...) ..., where "an SCX class / 'denotes" standard X-Y is selected classification . "

[0136] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果选择是“关闭”先前选择的标准单元的指示(例如通过选择显示屏200的按钮220),则取消对相应于关闭指示的标准的选择(步骤1712)。 [0136] When receiving a user selection in step 1704, if the choice is "Off" indicating the standard cell previously selected (e.g., by selecting the screen button 220 200), corresponding to the selection is canceled off indication standard (step 1712). 因为被识别的视频的子集可能只符合分类中被取消选择的标准,而不符合剩余的所选择的标准单元,所以在该子集中的视频不再被识别并呈现给用户(步骤1714)。 Because the identified subset of video may only meet the classification criteria deselected, not in line with the rest of the selected standard cell, is no longer so identified and presented to the user (step 1714) in the subset of video. 因此,取消对标准单元的选择可缩小视频集并减少被识别的视频的数量。 Thus, deselect standard cells may reduce the number of reduced video set and the identified video.

[0137] 当在步骤1704接收用户选择时,如果选择是不同于当前选择的分类的分类,则在1708,相应于当前选择的分类的窗口被关闭。 [0137] Upon receiving a user selection at step 1704, if the selected classification is different from the currently selected categories, then at 1708, corresponding to the classification of the currently selected window is closed. 新窗口呈现在新选分类下方,例如图9B的窗口906,且相应于新选分类的可选择的标准单元(例如图9B的908或910)可显示在新窗口中(步骤1710)。 New window newly selected classification presented below, for example, FIG. 9B window 906, and the classification corresponding to the new alternative selected standard cell (e.g., 908 or 910 of FIG. 9B) may be displayed in a new window (step 1710). 可选择的标准单元的列表可包括如果被选择则将返回至少一个视频的标准单元。 List of selectable units may include standard if the selected video standard cell will be at least a return. 也就是,如果在数据库中有符合(I)相同分类中可选择的标准单元或任何其他先前选择的标准单元,以及(2)具有至少一个选择的单元的剩余分类的每一个分类中的至少一个选择的标准单元的视频,则可显示新选分类中的可选择的标准单元。 That is, if there is the same line with each category classification (I) cells selectable standard or any other standard cell previously selected, and (2) the classification of the remaining units having at least one of the selected at least one of the database selected video standard unit, the newly selected category may be displayed alternative standard cell.

[0138] 在流程图1700的另一个实施方式中,选择标准单元的效果可取决于标准单元在哪个分类中。 [0138] In another embodiment, flowchart 1700, the effect of cell selection criteria may depend on which category the standard cells. 例如,选择一些分类(例如种类)中的多个标准单元可使导引应用程序在步骤1706识别符合所有被选择的标准单元的视频。 For example, some of the selected category (e.g. type) of the plurality of standard cells can guide application at step 1706 to identify all the video conforming to the standard cell is selected. 选择另一个分类(例如频道和节目)中的多个标准单元可使导引应用程序识别符合任何的被选择的标准单元的视频。 Select a different category (e.g., channel and program) of the plurality of standard guide application identification unit may conform to any standard video unit is selected. 实质上,此实施方式是先前讨论的两种实施方式的组合。 Essentially, this embodiment is a combination of two embodiments previously discussed. 因此,当从一个或更多的分类选择多个标准单元时,被识别的视频可满足布尔表达式: Accordingly, when the plurality of standard cells selected from one or more categories, the video can be identified to satisfy Boolean expression:

[0139] (SCl分类!或…或SCN分类!)与(SCl分类2与…与SCN分类2)...,其中“SCX分类γ ”代表“在分类Y中选择的标准X”。 [0139] (SCl classified! ... or SCN or classification!) And (2 ... SCl2 classification and classification SCN 2) ..., wherein "an SCX gamma] Classification" stands for "standard X-Y is selected in the classification."

[0140] 媒体导引应用程序也可使用用户输入的关键词以界定视频集。 [0140] media guide application can also be used to define a keyword input by the user video set. 图18显示说明性的流程图1800,其用于在接收到一个或更多的关键词后提供视频和标准单元。 Figure 18 shows an illustrative flow diagram 1800 for providing video and standard unit after receiving one or more keywords. 在步骤1802,媒体导引应用程序接收一个或更多的关键词。 In step 1802, the media guidance application receives one or more keywords. 在步骤1804,基于此一个或更多的关键词识别视频集。 In step 1804, upon which one or more keywords identifying video set. 可基于结合图14在上面描述的任何的策略而选择视频集。 Video Set may be selected based on any policy described in conjunction with FIG. 14 above. 分类(例如从图17的步骤1710选择的分类)的标准单元的集合可在步骤1806被显示。 A set of standard cell classification (e.g., step 1710 of FIG. 17 from the selected classification) may be displayed at step 1806. 显示的标准单元只可包括符合在步骤1804识别的视频集的单元。 Standard display unit may include a unit conforming only video set at step 1804 identified. 用户可随后基于结合流程图1700所描述的策略,继续改变该视频集。 The user may then flowchart 1700 based on a combination of policy description, continues to change the video set.

[0141] 前述内容描述了用于使用交互式媒体导引应用程序来获得、分类并传送在线媒体内容的系统和方法。 [0141] The foregoing describes a system and method for using an interactive media guidance application is obtained, classified and sent online media content. 本发明的上述实施方式的提出是为了说明的目的,而不是限制的目的。 Embodiment set forth above embodiment of the present invention is for purposes of illustration and not for purposes of limitation.

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1.一种用于为互联网上的视频提供导引的方法,所述方法包括: 访问多个互联网站点以识别由所述互联网站点提供的视频; 为互联网视频数据库内识别出的视频中的每个视频,存储来自所述互联网站点的元数据; 响应于存储来自所述互联网站点的元数据,自动比较用于所识别的视频中的每个视频的来自所述互联网站点的元数据和来自广播媒体导引数据库的元数据; 通过在用于所识别的视频中的每个视频的来自所述互联网站点的元数据中存储将所述元数据链接到来自广播媒体导引数据库的导引应用数据的标签,基于所述比较将互联网视频数据库和广播媒体导引数据库相关联; 选择所述视频的子集;以及产生向用户指示所识别的视频的子集中的每一个视频的显示,其中所述显示包括与每个所指示的视频相关联的导引应用数据,以及来自与每个所指示 1. A method of providing guidance to a method for video on the Internet, the method comprising: accessing a plurality of Internet sites to identify a video provided by the Internet site; Internet video within a video database for each of the identified video, from the metadata store Internet site; in response to a metadata storage from the Internet site, the Internet site of the metadata from the video comparison for automatically identified in each video and broadcast from metadata of the media guide database; by storing metadata from the Internet site for each video in the video in the identified metadata linked to said guide data from the broadcast media guide application database tag, based on the comparison of the Internet and broadcast media guide video database associated with the database; selecting the subset of video; video and generating an indication to a user of the identified subset of each video display, wherein the application of the guide includes a video display associated with each of the data indicated, and from each of the indicated 视频相关联的互联网站点的存储的元数据。 Metadata stored Internet site associated with the video.
2.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中所述互联网站点包括网站。 2. The method according to claim 1, wherein said Internet site comprises a website.
3.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中访问多个互联网站点的所述步骤包括爬行所述互联网站点以及从所述互联网站点挖出所述元数据。 The method according to claim 1, wherein said step of accessing the plurality of Internet sites includes crawling the Internet site and dredged the metadata from the Internet site.
4.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中存储的元数据包括到每一个视频的URL。 4. The method according to claim 1, wherein the metadata stored includes the URL of each video.
5.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中所述显示的所指示的视频被安排在视频镶嵌图案中。 5. The method according to claim 1, wherein the video display of the indication is arranged in the video mosaic pattern.
6.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中: 所述显示使用来自每个视频的帧指示每个视频;以及响应于用户选择帧,将用户重新指引到提供所选择的帧的所述视频的互联网站点。 6. The method according to claim 1, wherein: the display frame indicating the use of each video from each video; and in response to user selection frame, to redirect the user to provide said selected video frame Internet sites.
7.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中根据用户个性化数据来选择所述视频的子集。 7. The method according to claim 1, wherein the selected subset of the video according to a user personalization data.
8.如权利要求7所述的方法,其中所述用户个性化数据得自明确的用户偏好指定。 8. The method according to claim 7, wherein the user personalization data obtained from user preference specified explicitly.
9.如权利要求7所述的方法,其中所述用户个性化数据得自被监测的用户行为。 9. The method according to claim 7, wherein the user personalization data from the monitored user behavior.
10.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中根据编辑的偏好指定来选择所述视频的子集。 10. The method according to claim 1, wherein the selected subset of the video according to the preference of the specified editing.
11.如权利要求10所述的方法,其进一步包括接收所述编辑的偏好指定。 11. The method according to claim 10, which further comprises a preference to receive the specified editing.
12.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中所述显示的导引应用数据包括节目描述、编辑评论、与所述视频相关的媒体内容,或到提供与所指示的视频相关的媒体内容的互联网站点的链接。 Guide application data 12. The method according to claim 1, wherein said display includes a program description, editorial information related to the video media content, or to provide information related to the video media content indicated by the Internet linked sites.
13.如权利要求1所述的方法,其进一步包括存储所识别的视频。 13. The method according to claim 1, further comprising storing the identified video.
14.如权利要求1所述的方法,其中所述显示由交互节目指南提供。 14. The method according to claim 1, wherein said display provided by the interactive program guide.
15.一种用于为互联网上的视频提供导引的系统,包括: 通信电路; 存储设备;和处理电路,所述处理电路被配置为: 使用所述通信电路访问多个互联网站点以识别由所述互联网站点提供的视频; 为互联网视频数据库内识别出的视频中的每个视频,在所述存储设备中存储来自所述互联网站点的元数据; 响应于存储来自所述互联网站点的元数据,自动比较用于所识别的视频中的每个视频的来自所述互联网站点的元数据和来自广播媒体导引数据库的元数据; 通过在用于所识别的视频中的每个视频的来自所述互联网站点的元数据中存储将所述元数据链接到来自广播媒体导引数据库的导引应用数据的标签,基于所述比较将互联网视频数据库和广播媒体导引数据库相关联; 选择所述视频的子集;以及产生指示所识别的视频的子集中的每一个视频的显示,其中 15. A method of providing a guidance system for the video on the Internet, comprising: a communication circuit; a storage device; and processing circuitry, the processing circuitry is configured to: access a plurality of communication circuit using the Internet site to identify the the video provided by the Internet site; Internet video within a video database to identify each of the video from the metadata store Internet sites in the storage device; in response to the metadata store Internet site from the automatic metadata from the Internet site and the metadata from the broadcast media guide database for comparing the identified video in each video; by each video from the video for the identified in said metadata store Internet sites linked to the metadata tag guide application guide data from the broadcast media database, the comparison of the Internet and broadcast the video database associated with the database based on the media guide; selecting the video subset; and displaying each of the subset of generating a video indicative of the identified video, wherein 述显示包括与每个所指示的视频相关联的导引应用数据,以及来自与每个所指示的视频相关联的互联网站点的存储的元数据。 Said guide display including the video data associated with the application indicated by each, and stores each of the metadata from the Internet site associated with the video of the indicated.
16.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中所述互联网站点包括网站。 16. The system according to claim 15, wherein said Internet site comprises a website.
17.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中所述处理电路配置为爬行所述互联网站点以及从所述互联网站点挖出所述元数据。 17. The system according to claim 15, wherein said processing circuitry is configured to crawl the Internet site and dredged the metadata from the Internet site.
18.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中存储的元数据包括到每一个视频的URL。 18. The system according to claim 15, wherein the metadata stored includes the URL of each video.
19.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中所述显示的所指示的视频被安排在视频镶嵌图案中。 19. The system according to claim 15, wherein the video display is indicated in the video is arranged in a mosaic pattern.
20.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中: 所述显示使用来自每个视频的帧指示每个视频;以及所述处理电路还配置为响应于用户选择帧,将用户重新指引到为所述视频提供所述帧的互联网站点。 20. The system according to claim 15, wherein: the display frame indicating the use of each video from each video; and the processing circuit is further configured to select a frame in response to the user, the user is re-directed to the Internet site providing the video frame.
21.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中根据用户个性化数据来选择所述视频的子集。 21. The system according to claim 15, wherein the selected subset of the video according to a user personalization data.
22.如权利要求21所述的系统,其中所述用户个性化数据得自明确的用户偏好指定。 22. The system according to claim 21, wherein the user personalization data obtained from user preference specified explicitly.
23.如权利要求21所述的系统,其中所述用户个性化数据得自被监测的用户行为。 The system of claim 21 wherein the user personalization data from user behavior monitored as claimed in claim 23,.
24.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中根据编辑的偏好指定来选择所述视频的子集。 24. The system according to claim 15, wherein the subset is selected according to the preference of the video editing specified.
25.如权利要求24所述的系统,其中所述处理电路进一步配置为接收所述编辑的偏好指定。 25. The system of claim 24, wherein said processing circuitry further configured to receive the specified preference edited.
26.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中所述显示的导引应用数据包括节目描述、编辑评论、与所述视频相关的媒体内容,或到提供与所指示的视频相关的媒体内容的互联网站点的链接。 Internet 26. The system according to claim 15, wherein said guide displaying application data includes program descriptions, editorial information related to the video media content, video, or to provide the indicated media content linked sites.
27.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中所述处理电路进一步配置为在所述存储设备中存储所识别的视频。 27. The system according to claim 15, wherein the processing circuitry is further configured to store the identified video in the storage device.
28.如权利要求15所述的系统,其中通过交互节目指南的指令配置所述处理电路。 28. The system according to claim 15, wherein the instruction processing circuit via an interactive program guide configuration.
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